North African red lentil soup

5
1
1
SmartPoints® value per serving
Total Time
40 min
Prep
5 min
Cook
35 min
Serves
4
Difficulty
Easy
Simple yet exotic is the best way to describe this boldly flavored soup. It's not too rich nor too sweet, is hearty enough to serve on its own for dinner, and is perfect for when the temperatures fall. The marriage of tomatoes with red lentils, ground cumin, cilantro, and yogurt will transport you to far-flung places where you've always dreamed of traveling. This soup takes just 40 minutes to make and requires just one pot—cleanup and prep couldn't be easier for this comforting weeknight meal.

Ingredients

Water

3 cup(s)

Diced tomatoes with onion and garlic

14½ oz, (1 can)

Dry lentils

1 cup(s), red variety

Ground cumin

1 tsp

Table salt

¾ tsp

Black pepper

¼ tsp

Cilantro

cup(s), fresh, chopped

Plain lowfat yogurt

½ cup(s)

Instructions

  1. Combine water, tomatoes, lentils, cumin, salt, and pepper in medium saucepan and bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, stirring occasionally, until lentils are tender, about 30 minutes.
  2. Remove saucepan from heat and stir in cilantro. Ladle soup evenly into 4 bowls. Top each serving with 2-tablespoon dollop of yogurt. If reheating, thin soup with water, if needed.
  3. Per serving: 1 cup soup and 2 tablespoons yogurt