Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Mmm Mmm Good

This is my new favorite lentil soup recipe.

Spicy Lentil Tomato Soup


(based on this recipe on

  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup lentils
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can peeled and diced roasted tomatoes (mine had garlic in them)
  • 2 cups veggie broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup sour cream, for topping (optional)
  • 2 sprigs fresh basil leaves for garnish (optional)
  1. Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan or Dutch oven. Lightly brown the onions in the oil.
  2. Add the tomatoes, pepper, lentils, cumin and basil to the pan along with the broth and water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for about 20 minutes, or until the lentils are tender.
  3. When the lentils have softened, puree half the soup in a blender and return to pot. Season to taste with salt and pepper. For a special touch, put sour cream in a squirt bottle, and squeeze a spiral onto the top of each bowl of soup, and garnish with a sprig of fresh basil.
It's thick and spicy, warming and filling. I failed at making the sour cream spiral, but it tasted good, anyway and was a nice cool, creamy counterpoint to the soup.


The Calico Cat said...

Sounds good - 1 clarification needed...
direction 2 mentions chili pepper - would that be the jalapeno from the ingredients?

I am making 15 beand & barley soup tonight. (pondering adding a jalapeno or a sprinkling of chili pepper flakes.)

sophie said...

Yes. I used a jalapeno for the chili pepper in the original recipe (and didn't change it in the directions . . . until now.)

TX Blu Sky said...

Lentil soup is a favorite of mine. Last Sunday I made a big crockpot full of lentils and sausage to take to a church luncheon, and I had to make up the recipe as I went along. Yours sounds much better and I'm going to make it for my "one new food or recipe each week challenge" Thanks for sharing, stay warm, friend! Diane

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