Winter Warmer: Creamy Red Lentil Soup Recipe

January 17, 2017

Soup never fails to impress. Is it satisfying? Incredibly. Nutritious? Very. Simple? Well, if you have 30 minutes and an entry-level spice cabinet, you can have this picture-perfect bowl from Nourishing Matters on your table tonight. Packed with protein, fiber and Vitamin A-rich carrots, this cozy all-in-one meal is exactly what winter ordered.

Creamy Red Lentil Soup with Carrots and Coconut
What You’ll Need
for the soup
1 tablespoon coconut oil or olive oil
1 medium onion, peeled and chopped
4 garlic cloves
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, finely minced
¼ jalapeño, seeds removed and finely minced
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons ground coriander
1 teaspoon paprika (choose smoked paprika for a richer flavor)
½ teaspoon ground turmeric
5 carrots, peeled and sliced into ¼-inch rounds
1 cup red lentils, rinsed and drained
¾ teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
3 ½ cups water, plus more depending on desired consistency
1 cup coconut milk
½ lime, juiced

for the garnish
1 handful fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
1 small apple, finely diced
1 lime, juiced
Pinch of sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

How To Make It
Heat coconut oil (or olive oil) in large pot over medium-high heat. Add onion and saute for 5-6 minutes or until softened but not caramelized; add garlic, ginger, jalapeño, cumin, coriander, paprika and turmeric and saute 30-60 seconds, stirring constantly. Add carrots, red lentils, salt and water. Bring mixture to a boil, cover, reduce heat and simmer 20 minutes or until carrots are tender and lentils are soft.

Remove mixture from heat and allow to cool slightly. Transfer to a blender, add coconut milk and lime juice and blend until smooth (alternately, you can use an immersion blender in the pot). Adjust salt as desired. Return to pot and heat over low heat until warmed through.

To make the garnish, mix cilantro, apple, lime juice, sea salt and black pepper together in a small bowl. Ladle soup into bowls and divide garnish among bowls.

Serve with whole-grain bread, if desired.

Soup on the menu? We have just the bowl.