Total Time
2hrs 20mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 2 hrs

I am a newbie to cooking and my first success has been this soup! Everyone loves it and now I can't stop making it!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Boil red lentils and water for one hour.
  2. Chop celery, carrots and garlic.
  3. Add stock and water to pot of lentils.
  4. Add celery, carrots and garlic to pot of lentils.
  5. Bring to boil.
  6. Add tomato paste, cayenne pepper and salt.
  7. Cover and simmer for 45 minutes.
  8. Serve the thick, rich soup and enjoy!
  9. Add more or less stock and/or water depending on how thick/thin you like your soup.
Most Helpful

Quite tasty. Did as the other reviewers before and skipped the initial cooking of the lentils. Did not use celery (personal preference), but used a whole diced yellow onion instead, and used the whole can of tomato paste because I did not measure the peas, just used the remainder of a bag and it looked to be more than a cup. Added a little Of Prudhomme's chicken seasoning at the end instead of the salt and served with cornbread. Even picky DH said it was "alright" - a pretty high compliment from that meateater!

mapaklenk May 27, 2009

Loved the kick that the cayenne pepper gave this soup. I skipped Step 1 and went straight to Step 2 and then simmered for 30-45 minutes. Since I skipped Step 1, I did not use the second ingredient which was 2 cups of water. I ended up with 6 - 1 cup servings. So delicious that I'll be making this often. Made for *New Kids On The Block 2009* game

Charlotte J February 10, 2009

Super easy and filling. I threw everything in at the first step and it came out wonderfully. You are off to a fabulous start

sherininja February 01, 2009