Spicy Sizzle Red Lentil Soup

Recipe by kitty.rock
READY IN: 45mins




  • Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a soup pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring, until softened, 3 to 5 minutes. Add garlic and cumin; cook for 1 minute.
  • Add broth, lentils, bulgur, tomato paste and bay leaf; bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally. Cover and cook over low heat until the lentils and bulgur are very tender, 25 to 30 minutes. Discard the bay leaf.
  • Ladle about 4 cups of the soup into a food processor (or blender) and puree. Return the pureed soup to the soup pot and heat through. Stir in lemon juice and season with pepper.
  • Just before serving, ladle the soup into bowls. Heat the remaining 4 teaspoons olive oil in a small skillet and stir in the paprika and cayenne. Drizzle about 1/2 teaspoon of the sizzling spice mixture over each bowlful and serve immediately.
  • TIP - You can replace red lentils with brown lentils; add 1/2 cup water and simmer 40 to 45 minutes.
  • MAKE AHEAD TIP - Prepare through Step 3. Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days or freeze for up to 2 months.