Lentil-Tomato Soup Recipe
- 4-1/2 cups water
- 4 medium carrots, sliced
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 2/3 cup dried lentils, rinsed
- 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
- 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon white vinegar
- 1 teaspoon garlic salt
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/4 teaspoon dill weed
- 1/4 teaspoon dried tarragon
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1. In a large saucepan, combine the water, carrots, onion and lentils; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20-25 minutes or until vegetables and lentils are tender. Stir in the remaining ingredients; return to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes to allow flavors to blend. Yield: 6 servings.
For Sausage Variation: Stir in 1/2 pound chopped fully-cooked turkey sausage; heat through. For Kale Variation: Stir in 3 cups chopped fresh kale; cook, uncovered, until kale is tender. For Spiced Variation: Add 3/4 teaspoon garam masala when adding other seasonings.
3/4 cup: 138 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 351mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 9g fiber), 8g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 lean meat, 1 vegetable.
Reviews for Lentil-Tomato Soup
"Delicious soup, and a great one for my vegetarian family and friends. I added 8 oz. of fresh mushrooms, sliced, along with the carrots, onion and lentils. I didn't include the vinegar, but it tasted fine without it. This soup is a good way to use some of the herbs I grew and dried this summer. The soup is thick and filling."
"One of my absolute favorite soups--I always add the kale, and I use jalapeno sausage as well."
"I followed the recipe as written but added a little over a cup of leftover diced ham. I liked it more as I got to the end of my serving. It was very filling and healthy. Can't say it's my favorite TOH soup recipe, though. Not sure why; maybe next time I make this I will add sausage as others have done. It needs a little something to balance out the spices."
"Followed recipe except used fresh tarragon and thyme. Didn't really measure it. The thyme flavor was distinctive, but I grew to love it. I accidentally boiled it a little too long at first, bit not a problem. Great healthy recipe. Want to share with friends"
"I omitted the dill weed. It was so delicious! Even my 14-month-old son gobbled it up!~ Theresa"
"Love this soup, I add all three variations and find it very satisfying."
"<p>I liked it, but my husband didn't really care for something he just couldn't put his finger on. My kids won't eat it, so unfortunately, I probably won't make it again."
"With Kale and Sausage this a new family favorite. Thanks for the recipe!"
"This is one of the best soups I have ever had! And I love that it's Vegan and I can make it for my friends."
"I added italian sausage to mine and even my four year old asked for seconds. He evem requested the soup again! We loved it."
"Very good recipe; very different flavors that worked out really well, and it was a good use of lentils. However, I found the soup wayyy too sweet; I will definitely use less brown sugar next time."
"I made this soup per the original recipe (unlike so many others who rated it). I would make it again with changes: chicken or beef broth instead of water, fresh garlic, no brown sugar (too sweet), maybe some rotel (tomatoes and peppers) instead of the tomato paste. There just wasn't a satisfying depth of flavor in the original recipe."
"quick & easy - Loved It! I sauteed the onion in olive oil first (don't like crunchy onions in soup). Used Buckwheat grouts instead of lentils (cut simmering time back to about 15 min as buckwheat doesn't take as long to cook). I added a jar of canned tomatoes and 1tbsp of dried red peppers (from Epicure) and 3 cups chopped kale during the last 5 minutes of simmering. YUM-O!"
"Did all 3 extra's, would like it to have a richer, deeper flavor."
"This was very easy and very good, coming from someone who doesn't typically like lentils. The only reason I gave it four stars is because the lentils definitely need more time to cook (5-10 minutes longer) than the recipe states. Otherwise it was great!"
"My family and myself found this soup hearty and fulfilling in these cold nights"
"waste of ingredients! Needs a LOT of tweeking"
"I have a household of picky meat-n-potato eaters, and I thought this might be a nice change of pace. I liked it, but found it too sweet as is. Definitely give it a kick with some of the suggestions! For myself, I'd probably try it again, but nobody in my family would even try it, and it really needed a LOT more time to cook than the recipe states."
"I just finished making and eating this. I did omit the dill week and tarragon because I didn't have any. It was pretty good for just being beans and vegetables. Next time I might add some ground turkey."
"I have made this several times and plan on making again tomorrow. It is very tasty and I usually do not like lentils, also pretty healthy"
"This recipe was so-so. It seemed like it was missing something. I would probably rather buy a can of already made lentil soup. It's not that it was terrible, it just wasn't something I would want to give someone else. There are better things out there I would rather eat."
"SUPER easy! I made this last night for my vegan sister who was visiting and it was a huge hit! I used vegetable broth instead of water and aded added 4 cups of chopped fresh Kale at the end. Delish! The leftovers tasted even better! This is now a staple for my home!"
"very filling and delicious. I added a couple of jalapeno peppers for a little more flavour"
"I followed the tip to add garam masala, which added just the right amount of kick. Also added 12 oz. of chopped habanero chile chicken sausage. Our guests and we loved it. The ingredients are pantry staples and readily available produce. I like the idea that the base is water. I disagree that using a broth instead of water is desireable."
"Hmm...4 stars because I altered the recipe. I only had Italian herb tomato paste, so I used that. I used balsamic vinegar instead of white. Omitted all spices and herbs, except for adding the 3/4 tsp. garam marsala, which I've never used before. I sauteed mild turkey sausage which I simmered with the lentils, onions, and carrots. Substituted chicken broth for water (I really think that's a great idea from another person rating this recipe). It was quite sweet with the brown sugar, but I kind of liked it. The cooking time was off for me (I'm at a high altitude), and I cooked it at least twice as long, and the lentils and carrots were still al dente. Flavor? Well...it was good enough that I'd make it again. Maybe less sugar next time, and a teensy bit more salt (I did not add any salt this time, because I thought the chicken broth had enough."
"Loved it. It is quick to make and loaded with flavor."
"Wonderfully simple soup! Cooks up quickly and enjoyed every bit of it. Will be making it quite often and might in the future add some "goodies" to it."
"We love soup and this one is definitely a keeper."
"Worst lentil soup ever."
"I'm a very pickey eater and my mom made this for dinner and I was suprized on how good it was. I thought the season was great not to over done but one issue the Lentils were still hard! Was there a miss print on the cooking of the Lentils mom used regular kind of lentil beans is there acertain kind we should use. When I read the recipe I thought all beans were consdered Letil so was I wrong? I would make again and maybe try it with left over ham from the holiday meal's."
"This was okay, but we have had much better lentil soups that we will go back to. We used homemade stock instead of water; lentils were tender in 25 minutes at an elevation of 5600 feet. Not sure we liked the tomato flavor with the lentils."
"I doubled the recipe and added a little more water as the soup was a bit thick. I also added coarsely chopped cabbage and turkey sausage. It was fantastic and very easy to make (I was in a hurry so I bought shredded carrots and pre-chopped onions). There was virtually nothing to do but put it together."
"I made this for dinner, and everyone loved it. I thought it might have been a bit heavy on the spices, but it was still very good. I doubled the recipe, added some coarsely-chopped cabbage, and diced up a ham steak and put that in. Definitely a hit with us!"
"Seriously YUMMY! For my taste preferences, I used 4 cups HOMEMADE chicken stock instead of water and only 1 carrot. I added 3 pressed garlic cloves and 1 pound browned chopped kielbasa. I omitted the parsley, vinegar, garlic salt, dill weed, and tarragon. My lentils were tender after 30 minutes."
"Although this soup sounds good by reading the recipe, it failed on so many levels to meet my expectations. First, it states that the lentils should simmer for 20-25 minutes, it took almost two hours before they were soft enough to eat. The spice combination was so overwhelming that it was difficult to consume a bowl of this soup. We will not be making it again. If you like spicy, this might be for you, if not beware!"