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Red lentil soup

SmartPoints® value per serving
Total Time
35 min
10 min
25 min
Lentils can be termed the “faster bean” because they cook just like rice. Keep some dried ones in your pantry for a quick meal like this easy-to-make soup. You can make it in 35 minutes from prep to cook time and it all comes together in just one pot. The red peppers, carrots, and lentils are spiced with ground cumin, coriander, red pepper, and cinnamon, which gives the soup an unforgettably hearty, earthy flavor. The dollop of plain yogurt to top it off helps offset all of those spices and provides an extra layer of creaminess to the broth. Garnish with some fresh herbs for a pop of color and brightness if you have any on hand.


Olive oil

2 Tbsp

Ground cumin

1½ tsp

Ground coriander

½ tsp

Ground red pepper

¼ tsp

Ground cinnamon

¼ tsp

Sweet red pepper(s)

1 small, chopped

Uncooked carrot(s)

2 medium, chopped

Fat free chicken broth

29 oz, or vegetable broth

Dry lentils

½ pound(s), red, washed

Table salt

tsp, or to taste

Plain fat free yogurt

¼ cup(s)


  1. In a medium nonstick pot heat oil; add cumin, coriander, red pepper and cinnamon, stir until fragrant, 30 seconds. Add bell pepper and carrots. Cook until just tender, 5 minutes.
  2. Add broth, lentils and salt. Bring to a boil. Simmer until lentils are tender about 20 minutes. Purée in batches in blender.
  3. Serve with dollop of yogurt. Yields 1 1/4 cups soup and 1 tablespoon yogurt per serving.