• Lorey Cavanaugh

Featured Fall Recipe: Red Lentil Soup with North African Spices

Autumn is the perfect time to get cooking with some comforting and hearty recipes. Whether you're looking for a relaxed weekend meal or a quick and easy dinner during the week, look no further than this hot and spicy red lentil soup recipe. It's sure to warm you right up on a brisk fall day!

Red Lentil Soup with North African Spices

Serves 4 to 6


4 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 large onion, chopped fine

Salt and pepper

¾ teaspoon ground coriander

½ teaspoon ground cumin

¼ teaspoon ground ginger

⅛ teaspoon ground cinnamon

Pinch cayenne

1 tablespoon tomato paste

1 garlic clove, minced

4 cups chicken broth

2 cups water

10 ½ ounces (1 ½ cups) red lentils, picked over and rinsed

2 tablespoons lemon juice, plus extra for seasoning

1 ½ teaspoons dried mint, crumbled

1 teaspoon paprika

¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro


Melt 2 tablespoons butter in large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and 1 teaspoon salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened but not browned, about 5 minutes. Add coriander, cumin, ginger, cinnamon, cayenne, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper and cook until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Stir in tomato paste and garlic and cook for 1 minute. Stir in broth, water, and lentils and bring to simmer. Simmer vigorously, stirring occasionally, until lentils are soft and about half are broken down, about 15 minutes.

Whisk soup vigorously until it is coarsely pureed, about 30 seconds. Stir in lemon juice and season with salt and extra lemon juice to taste. Cover and keep warm. (Soup can be refrigerated for up to 3 days. Thin soup with water, if desired, when reheating.)

Melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter in small skillet. Remove from heat and stir in mint and paprika. Ladle soup into individual bowls, drizzle each portion with 1 teaspoon spiced butter, sprinkle with cilantro, and serve.

Recipe courtesy of Cook’s Illustrated, America’s Test Kitchen and

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