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Creamy Red Lentil Carrot Soup

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This creamy red lentil carrot soup is ready in just 30 minutes and is the perfect easy holiday and weeknight rush dinner. Keep it vegan by skipping the Greek yogurt topping or give yourself a big dollop with a sprinkle of cilantro and red pepper flakes – the choice is totally yours!

This creamy red lentil carrot soup is ready in just 30 minutes and is the perfect easy holiday and weeknight rush dinner. Keep it vegan by skipping the Greek yogurt topping or give yourself a big dollop with a sprinkle of cilantro and red pepper flakes - the choice is totally yours!

If you were to climb inside my brain you would know that soup is one of my ultimate comfort foods. 

It’s perfect for any season (yes, even summer) and can take a bad day and turn it into a comforting good, or at a minimum, slightly better day. 

I first had a soup very similar to this at an event I went to not long ago. 

They were passing out little soup shooters and I first thought it was butternut squash BUT was shocked when I read the menu and it was red lentils and carrots. 

Since I had both on hand at home I knew I needed to recreate this soup immediately! 

This soup is creamy, with just a hint of curry flavor, and feels like a warm hug on a cold winter night. 

I know, that sounds super campy but it’s the truth. 

This soup is comforting, easy to make, and ready in just 30 minutes. 

You can’t ask for much more in life. 

creamy red lentil carrot soup in a white bowl

What are red lentils? 

Red lentils are an edible legume that is naturally orange/red in color. 

They cook in about 20-30 minutes and tend to get a little mushy and not hold their shape. 

That’s why they are perfect for pureed soups and sauces. 

They have a slightly nutty sweet taste that is a bit different from the naturally earthy taste you typically get form brown or green lentils. 

Where can I find red lentils? 

Even if you have never seen red lentils before you’ll be shocked to know they can be found at almost any grocery store. 

They are typically found near the dried beans or wherever you might find dried pear barley or dried split peas. 

They are naturally brighter orange in appearance and typically come in a 16-ounce bag.

You will not need to use all of them for this soup so luckily for you they store in an airtight container in a cool dark place for up to a year. 

How did you blend this soup?

I used my Vitamix blender to blend this soup. 

It creates a perfectly smooth soup and is a breeze to clean. 

However, if you don’t have a Vitamix you could use any other blender (remember to do this in 2 batches if you do not have a large blender) or by using an immersion blender

creamy red lentil carrot soup in 3 small bowls

How can I make this soup fully vegan or vegetarian?

It’s naturally both! 

However, for the photos, I did use a little Greek yogurt on the top because I love the additional creaminess and a little zing of tartness. 

But, if you’re vegan or veg you can easily leave it off the finished product or use a plant-based yogurt. 

I actually think a plant-based coconut yogurt would blend really nicely with the flavors that are in this soup. 

What if I don’t have vegetable stock? 

If you’re vegan or veg you can substitute the vegetable stock with water. 

Now, the water won’t bring a lot to the party in terms of flavor but it is an easy substitute. 

If you’re not vegan or veg you could easily substitute with chicken stock. 

How can I store this soup?

If you have any leftovers make sure to store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator. 

The soup should stay fresh for about 3-4 days after preparation. 

If the soup seems very thick after being in the fridge overnight you can thin it out a little with additional water, vegetable stock, or chicken stock. 

Can I freeze this soup?

Yes, in fact, it freezes really well. 

Make sure to store it in a freezer-safe, airtight container, and eat within 6 months of freezing. 

When you’re ready to eat it just take it out of the freezer and let it thaw in the fridge for a few days. 

Reheat on the stovetop and add more water or stock if needed to thin it out. 

creamy red lentil carrot soup in a bowl topped with cilantro

Do you love this creamy red lentil carrot soup?

Why not try a few of my other tasty soup recipes!

 

This creamy red lentil carrot soup is ready in just 30 minutes and is the perfect easy holiday and weeknight rush dinner. Keep it vegan by skipping the Greek yogurt topping or give yourself a big dollop - the choice is totally yours!

Creamy Red Lentil Carrot Soup

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

This creamy red lentil carrot soup is ready in just 30 minutes and is the perfect easy holiday and weeknight rush dinner. Keep it vegan by skipping the Greek yogurt topping or give yourself a big dollop with a sprinkle of cilantro and red pepper flakes - the choice is totally yours!

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, grated
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • Black pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon curry powder (add up 1/2 teaspoon more if desired)
  • 1-1/2 cups vegetable stock or water
  • 1/2 cup rinsed red lentils
  • 3 medium-sized carrots, 1-inch slices
  • 1 (14 ounce) can full-fat coconut milk
  • Greek yogurt, for topping
  • Cilantro, for topping
  • Red pepper flakes, for topping

Instructions

  1. In a medium-sized soup pot set over medium heat add olive oil.
  2. Once the oil is hot add in the diced onion and saute just until soft.
  3. Add in the garlic, kosher salt, black pepper, and curry powder.
  4. Saute for another minute just until the garlic is fragrant.
  5. Pour in vegetable stock, red lentils, carrots, and coconut milk.
  6. Bring to a boil and then turn down the heat and simmer for about 20 minutes until the carrots and lentils are soft.
  7. Add the hot soup to a blender (I used my Vitamix) and puree until completely smooth.
  8. If your blender does not hold all the soup do this in batches.
  9. Also, be very careful when blending the hot soup because if the lid comes off it could be dangerous.
  10. Pour the pureed soup back into the pot and warm through.
  11. Top with a dollop of Greek yogurt, cilantro, and red pepper flakes.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 226Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 584mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 4gSugar: 4gProtein: 9g

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