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Velvet Red Lentil Soup

What you need: 

2 yellow onions, diced
2 cups red lentils
6 cups water
2-3 vegetable bouillon cubes
1 tablespoon black peppercorns
1 tablespoon oil (your choice what kind)
salt to taste

What you do: 

Sautee the onions in oil in a stock pot. When the onions are done, add the bouillion, water, peppercorns, salt, and lentils. Cover and cook until lentils are soft. Then ladle the soup into a blender or food processor and puree until smooth. This will give the soup its velvety texture. Serve hot.
This recipe is so quick, easy, and satisfying on cold days...

Preparation Time: 
30 minutes
Cooking Time: 
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I followed the recipe exactly and I ended up with vegan gravy! Now that is not to complain because it is delicious - I just recommend using more water if you want something less thick. I will be making this again.


This was my second time making this soup and it was great.  Last time I felt that it was a little more watery then I wanted so I added 1/4 cup of more lentils this time....well that was tooo much.  I think my problem last time was I put too much into the blender at once so it was only blending the bottom portion and therefore seemed more watery.  Also I added lots of veggies: zucchini which taste the best in it, chard, carrots, and green beans.    This picture is of course before I added the veggies.  Thanks for the great recipe!


i really want to make this! i think i'll grind in a can of chickpeas and some carrots. mm i love lentils. it looks delicious!


what a fantastic soup - i just happened to have everything in my kitchen last night, so i popped it all together.

two things i changed; i used imagine's no-chicken broth instead of the bouillion cubes; half broth, half water.

i also had a jar of roasted red peppers lying around, so i tossed most of the jar in. added a subtle, but nice, taste to the soup and turned it a fun orangey color.

i definitely will make this soup again! thanks!


Excellent!  One of my favorite soups now.  This was the first time I made it and I think next time I'll put in 1/2 the amount of peppercorns and maybe a little bit of garlic.  So good and so easy!


I made this today, adding a bit of celery and thyme, and it was very good- reminded me of my mom's potato soup for some reason. Next time i will use freshly ground black pepper because my blender didn't do a very good job of grinding the whole peppercorns.


I didn't make the recipe exactly as written, so I can't comment about this exact recipe.  However, it is quite a good base.  I added some carrots, potato and celery, as well as a splash of red wine.  It was quite good and all the carnivores in my family said:  hey, Mom, that's pretty good.


delicious! I only used 1 cube of veggie broth/bouillon, because I don't like things that are too salty. it still came out perfect! will make again and again and again. thanks for the recipe!


So easy and sooo yummy!  I ended up just cooking it until the lentils were falling apart instead of blending it and I liked that it still had some texture instead of being completely smooth.


OOoh!  Really good!  I liked the food processor idea, but I only blended part of the soup (I added some other veggies...) so there would be something to chew.  Thanks so much!!



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