We went cross country skiing with a group at a wilderness center and it was actually a lot of fun. I wasn’t expecting to enjoy cross country skiing but I did. What I didn’t love was the cold so when we went to my sister-in-law’s afterwards and she had hot soup ready, I was very thankful. My sister-in-law made this spicy lentil soup. I immediately asked for the recipe. I noticed that I wasn’t the only one that day who asked for the recipe. It’s that good!
This spicy lentil soup is so delicious and especially hits the spot on a cold winter day.
Spicy Lentil Soup Recipe:
Saute 2 chopped onions in 2 tsp. olive oil
Add 3 garlic cloves,
2 tsp. ground cumin,
1/2 tsp. paprika,
1/2 – 1 tsp. cayenne pepper.
Cook for 1 minute.
Add 7 cups chicken broth,
1 1/2 cups dry red lentils (rinse first),
2 Tbsp. tomato paste,
1 bay leaf.
Cover and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.
Reduce heat and simmer 25-30 minutes or until lentils are tender.
Discard bay leaf.
Blend half the soup in the blender until smooth or use a hand blender in the pot for all the soup.
Return to saucepan and stir in 1 can evaporated milk.
Simmer 5 minutes longer until hot.
Add salt and pepper.
Garnish with fresh cilantro.
If you are looking for a lentil soup that is less spicy and has more vegetables, my healthy lentil soup recipe is delicious as well.