Total Time
1hr 15mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 1 hr

This thick soup is a wonderful comfort food. It's easy to make, delicious and healthy! I know the spices sound strange, but the end result is an excellent savory soup. Good enough for company!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cook lentils in pot of boiling salted water for 2 minutes. Drain.
  2. Heat oil in large pot over medium heat. Add onion, parsley, cilantro, ginger, and cinnamon. Saute 5 minutes or until onion is soft.
  3. Stir in tomatoes and saute 5 minutes more.
  4. Stir in broth, chickpeas, lentils, reserved tomato liquid, and 3 cups water.
  5. Season with salt and pepper and bring to a boil.
  6. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer 45 minutes or until lentils are tender, stirring occassionally.
  7. In separate bowl, whisk flour with 1 cup water.
  8. Whisk in cilantro, lemon juice and tomato paste.
  9. Add mixture to soup.
  10. Add orzo to soup.
  11. Cook for 5 minutes or until orzo is soft.


Most Helpful

I followed this right on target and we loved it! Yum, lentils! I also used fresh parsley, cilantro, and ginger. The orzo was just as completely yummy and was so good for comfort anld so good for your soul. And the cinnamon was just the right amount, and gave this a delightful twist. I also used fresh tomatoes with the juice from the tomato instead of canned tomatoes. Loved it, and will be making it again this weekend, made for *Veg Vegan* Swap September 2009.

Andi of Longmeadow Farm September 15, 2009

Delish! I really liked this quite a bit. The spices and herbs were right on. It's quite simple to make as well. Only change I might make in the future would be to use a grain instead of pasta (maybe quinoa), just to up the nutritional valu. Thanks for posting, I'd make this again for sure. Made for the April 08 veggie swap.

VegSocialWorker April 08, 2009

This soup was easy to make and delicious. I used chicken broth instead of vegetable because that's what I had and I didn't use cilantro because I've never tried it and wasn't sure I would like it. I love all kinds of soup and I will definitely be making this again.

vtstrong September 27, 2012

Join the Conversation

  • all
  • reviews
  • tweaks
  • q & a