A curried red lentil soup that uses seven real food ingredients and is ready in 30 minutes, making it a healthy weeknight dinner option. Make sure to check out more recipes like this one on the Quick Healthy Recipes page!
How fast do you think it would take to make a curried red lentil soup from scratch? Even if you are a slow chopper, it’s only 30 minutes, max.
And how complicated? The original recipe I adapted called for just four ingredients. I don’t know why it continues to amaze me that simple, real food can taste so amazing.
Curried Red Lentil Soup
I’m not sure where I got the original recipe, but it seriously called for just these four ingredients pictured above. Which of course I couldn’t leave alone. How could we have a soup without onions or garlic? And think of the boost nutritionally it would get from using chicken bone broth instead of plain water?
So my adaptation calls for seven ingredients (do we need to count a bit of oil and salt?), which is still pretty simple, you have to admit.
The flavor is all good curry-ness, and you can make it spicy by adding hot curry (or a bit of cayenne if using regular curry powder).
And it’s surprisingly hearty for being a meatless dish, Brian thought I should bottle it and sell it as a weight-loss plan because it was so filling!
Fast and Easy Curried Red Lentil Soup
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 medium onion chopped
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 pound red lentils
- 2 large carrots chopped (about 1 cup)
- 3 teaspoons regular curry powder or 2 teaspoons hot curry powder or to taste
- 3/4 teaspoon salt less if using a salty broth
- 7 cups chicken broth or water
- 4 cups fresh spinach chopped*
- Heat olive oil, onion, and garlic in a large soup pot over medium heat until onion softens, about 2-3 minutes.
- Add remaining ingredients, except for the spinach, and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the lentils are becoming thick, 15 to 20 minutes.
- Add chopped spinach and stir it in until it wilts, about 1-2 minutes. Season to taste and serve.
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