Lentil Tomato Soup

"A delicious lentil soup that has an Italian flavor. Very simple to make, and a delicious meal with just some good quality French bread or some good rolls or biscuits. Quite good if you are a fan of lentil soup!"
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Ready In:
1hr 25mins




  • Sort and rinse lentils.
  • In a large saucepan, combine rinsed lentils and water.
  • In a small frying pan, or skillet, saute onion and garlic in the butter until onion is tender but not browned.
  • Add onion and garlic to lentils.
  • Stir in salt, pepper, sugar, Oregano, basil and parsley.
  • Bring to a boil; reduce heat.
  • Cover and simmer until the lentils are tender, about 45 minutes.
  • Add tomatoes and tomato paste.
  • Stir well.
  • Simmer 15 minutes longer.
  • Garnish each bowl with a parsley sprig, if desired.

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  1. I added Indian spices and about a 1/2 cup out of a can of less fat coconut milk and it was brought to a whole 'nother level. Even better the next day. My husband who had said No thanks, I don't like lentil soup .... had seconds!
  2. good taste
  3. I didn't have any oregano so used cumin and garam masala and it was YUM! Very easy and quick to make. From start to finish was 30 minutes. Next time I will saute the onion and garlic in the pot, then add water and lentils etc after that -less washing up.
  4. Very tasty soup! I doubled the oregano and basil, only added 1 tsp of salt and half of a vegan chicken soup bouillon cube. I served it with garlic naan bread, my hubby loved it! I bet it will be even better tomorrow, thanks for posting!
  5. Loved it!!! It's got a kind of subtle sweetness from the sugar that goes so well w/ the tomatoes and tomato paste. I doubled the onions and used 2 cups of lentils (just to use them up). So simple and inexpensive, but it really hits the spot. I'll make this again for sure. Thanx!


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