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Smoky Red Lentil Soup with Spinach

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This Begrimed Lentil Soup is ultra buttery and absolutely vegan! Arranged to the border with veggies, red lentils, attic milk, and lots of spices, it’s a absolute win for the coziest months of the year!

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Yes, we are here! Our kitchens are abounding of balmy smells, pots are simmering, the mirepoix is chopped, our aprons are splattered, and we are full-on soup fiends appropriate now. The account of soup-joys is long, but hearty, scoopable, rich, buttery vegan bowl-hug? TOP O’ THE LIST, PALS.

This soup is ultra buttery and cool smoky, abounding of vegetables, and the absolute alloy amid beefy and bland with those little red lentils that aloof acclaim cook into blurred deliciousness. The final clasp of auto abstract wakes aggregate up, and the honey is the absolute attenuate candied accomplishment that you didn’t alike apperceive you needed. It begs to be dunked and dunked afresh with all kinds of breads, crackers, and flatbreads. So abundant flavor, so abundant nutrition, so abounding acceptable animosity all around.

Don’t get us amiss here, we adulation a soup with a acceptable bacony alpha like this one or aperitive Italian sausage $.25 (stay tuned!), but this one boasts big, big flavors while still actuality absolutely plant-based.

Smoky red lentil soup in a bowl with a metal spoon and socca.

How To Accomplish This Lentil Soup

Okay, so this is absolutely a appealing aboveboard soup party. There’s the archetypal carrot/onion/celery leash who consistently appearance up early, again the garlic, cumin, and turmeric appear in with a appropriate bedfellow – a barge of admirable smoked paprika. Already your amazon little red lentils join, the alive does all the assignment and you get to agilely apparition abroad to your couch (or maybe break and ball about if you’re a affair person).

To accomplish it happen:

  1. Build your begrimed affluent veg and aroma base.
  2. Add your lentils and broth.
  3. Simmer abroad and adore all the comfortable abode smells.
  4. Pile in a brace handfuls of beginning appearance and attic milk for creaminess.
  5. Finish with onion powder, garlic powder, a clasp of auto juice, and a honey dribble (optional).

Fresh appearance and aperitive abstracted attic milk are consistently acceptable on the bedfellow list, but it’s absolutely those affair favors at the end that assure it (are we activity too far with this affair analogy? possibly.) The onion and garlic crumb add aloof a adumbration added concentrated flavor, and again you get that bit of acerbic from the auto abstract acid through the richness.

Of course, if you’re activity for a absolutely vegan accumulation (okay, we’re done now), you’ll accept to leave this out, but that honey dribble at the end is such a different surprise.

“I’m sorry, dribble honey into my SOUP?!” you say. And yes. Yes, that is what we’re saying. The atomic adumbration of acidity to cap off this begrimed soiree (whoops, did it again) is a absolute *chef’s kiss* moment.

What To Eat With This Lentil Soup

This soup is so comfortable and bushing that it absolutely doesn’t charge annihilation else, BUT listen, it is additionally so acutely dippable! Acknowledgment to the lentils it absolutely thickens up authoritative it IDEAL for soup dips. We could not be chock-full with a accumulation of crispy socca (so good!) for best rip & dip joy, but a quickish accumulation of no aerate bread, a aperitive blooming salad, or aloof a cool accessible arctic or packaged naan/flatbread would not disappoint.

Super Bushing and Deliciously Vegan

There’s aloof so abundant to adulation about this one. So alimental and acceptable acknowledgment to the bags of veg and the nutrient-dense, abounding of good-for-you, assertive lentils.

It tastes like it should accept taken hours to accomplish with the complication of the begrimed spice, the cast of attic in the background, but it absolutely comes calm so easily. Buttery affluent while actuality absolutely vegan (if you omit the honey, of course) and it will accumulate you abounding up in abdomen and affection all the day through.

Hello fall, we’re so actual accessible for you. ❤️

Red lentil soup with spinach and socca in a bowl with a spoon.

The abysmal affluence from the spices, the buttery attic milk finish, and the austere meatiness of the the never-let-you-down lentils accomplish this one not to be missed. Yesplease forever.

Red Lentil Soup: FAQs

Can you use altered types of lentils in this soup?

Different types of lentils baker differently, so we’d absolutely acclaim red lentils in this case. They’re aloof so good!

How can I accomplish this soup in the Burning Pot?

Sauté your carrots, celery, and onions in the Burning Pot with a little bit of olive oil. Add in your garlic and spices and baker for an added minute or two. Add in the borsch and lentils and baker on aerial burden for 5 account with a quick absolution back the soup finishes. Activity in the attic milk, chopped spinach, salt, and auto abstract to finish.

What added proteins could I add to this lentil soup?

Beans or brittle tofu $.25 would be adorable actuality to accumulate things vegan-friendly!

Can I benumb this soup?

Absolutely! Aloof benumb in a freezer-safe bag or container.

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Source notes: This compound was aggressive by a begrimed red lentil soup our accompany Alex and Sonja and their veg-friendly cookbook alleged Pretty Simple Cooking. I larboard out the balsamic, upped the bulk of lentils, and added some added finishers because this is aloof how I alive my life, but the abject of this soup came from their actual admirable recipe.

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Smoky Red Lentil Soup with Spinach

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Absolute Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x


This Begrimed Lentil Soup is ultra buttery and absolutely vegan! Arranged to the border with veggies, red lentils, attic milk, and lots of spices, it’s a absolute win for the coziest months of the year! 


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  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • half of an onion, minced
  • 2 carrots, bald and minced
  • 2 stalks celery, minced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 1/2 cups red lentils, rinsed
  • 5 cups vegetable broth
  • one 14-ounce can full-fat attic milk
  • a lot of beginning spinach, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt (more or beneath to taste)
  • juice of one lemon
  • garlic powder, onion powder, atramentous pepper, or honey to taste


  • 1 accumulation of crispy socca (or use a flatbread or naan for dipping)


  1. Heat the olive oil in a ample soup pot over average heat. Add the onion, carrot, and celery; sauté until softened, about 5-10 minutes. 
  2. Add the garlic, spices, and lentils. Activity to amalgamate and let it break on the calefaction for aloof a minute to get the garlic smelling absolutely good. 
  3. Add the broth. Accompany to a simmer; abode lid partially on the pot and simmer for 10 minutes, active already or alert during affable time. 
  4. Add attic milk, spinach, salt, auto juice, and division to taste. (I like a little dribble of honey, and a brace all-overs of garlic powder, onion powder, and cranks of afresh arena atramentous pepper.)
  5. Serve with socca or some added flatbread for dipping and dunking. Wholesome, colorful, and SO yummy!
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: lentil soup, vegan soup, red lentil soup

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    1. Pinch of Yum Logo

      They’re advising not too, but you could precook/parboil the lentils for 10 account and again add them to the recipe? I anticipate your lentils apparently accept to baker for 20 min and red lentils for 10-20 mins

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      Krista @ Compression of Yum

      You can use blooming lentils, but you’re right, the baker time will bit a longer! Would adulation to apprehend aback if you accord it a try!

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      Made this for banquet tonight and it’s amazing! Aboriginal of all, any bowl I’ve anytime approved that’s meatless isn’t usually a hit. Second, my kids are adequately captious and (while agnostic at first) they both admired this and ate absolutely a bit! I served it with naan aliment and that was perfect!

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    Nicole Ramnaney

    Looks great! How can I accomplish this with the instapot? Any admonition for adapting the recipe?

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      Krista @ Compression of Yum

      Hi Nicole! Analysis the FAQ area of the column for Burning Pot instructions!

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        Krista @ Compression of Yum

        You could artlessly leave it out, or try cream, yogurt, or added broth!

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      Krista @ Compression of Yum

      Hi Eileen! You could artlessly leave it out, or try cream, yogurt, or added broth!

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    I fabricated this at 8 AM afterwards account the recipe. It’s is actually delicious! The aggregate of attic milk and Paprika makes it aftertaste abundant added corrupt than it is.

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      Krista @ Compression of Yum

      So animated you like it, Jennifer! Acknowledgment for the comment!

  3. Pinch of Yum Logo

    This sounds abundant but we are not huge admirers of coconut. Does it accept a able attic aftertaste? Could you sub addition blazon of milk?

    1. Pinch of Yum Logo

      I accept the aforementioned question…too bad I didn’t apprehend castigation aboriginal afore announcement 🙂

    2. Pinch of Yum Logo

      I accept fabricated a agnate soup application red lentils, attic milk and red back-scratch paste. Attic milk makes it actual buttery and abundant but the acidity stays mild. I would absolutely accord this compound a go.

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      Krista @ Compression of Yum

      Hi Amy! I wouldn’t say it’s a able attic flavor, but you can absolutely ascertain that it’s in the soup. You could artlessly leave it out, or try cream, yogurt, or added broth!

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        Divorced kat

        I followed the compound absolutely (though I acclimated bargain fat attic milk). It came out good…it’s a different flavor!
        The smoked paprika was absolutely not actual strong. I’m not a huge attic fan but luckily I did not absolutely aftertaste it. Apparently not compound I would accomplish all the time but a babysitter for sure.

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      I was apprehensive the aforementioned thing, if I can baker it in my crockpot. Acknowledge you, sounds adorable 😋

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      Krista @ Compression of Yum

      We haven’t activated the soup in the apathetic cooker, but it should assignment out okay! I’d add in the attic milk, spinach, salt, and auto abstract already affable is complete! If you accord it a try, we’d adulation to apprehend back!

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    I animosity attic milk. (I try it every year and abide to animosity it) Is there annihilation abroad to use as a substitute?


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      Krista @ Compression of Yum

      You could artlessly leave it out, or try cream, yogurt, or added broth!

  5. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Just fabricated this for banquet and it was fantastic. Fabricated a few accessory mods, aloof with what I had on hand, but the compound is so so abundant overall. I served it with atramentous rice, cilantro and auto wedges.

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    I fabricated this aftermost night afterwards seeing you column the compound on Instagram and I was absolute away! The attic milk and auto absolutely drag this soup. I acclimated mostly approved paprika with a blow of smoked because I’m not a huge smoked paprika fan. This compound is a babysitter and it came calm so quickly!

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    Amazingly delicious!! Cannot accept the flavors that came from such a low time investment!!

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    Was apprehensive accept to be accurate with alkali and cholesterol. I see that there is 1236.8mg in this soup, any way to lower it or alike none of the salt.

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      Krista @ Compression of Yum

      Hi Denise! We’d acclaim application low sodium borsch and abbreviation the bulk of adequate alkali you use!

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      Krista @ Compression of Yum

      Hi Johna! We haven’t activated this in the apathetic cooker, so we don’t accept exact times. I’d assumption 3-4 hours on aerial or 4-6 on low would assignment well!

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    Sarah Rose Labine

    Made this bygone for cafeteria and YUM! I’m aflame to see what the abyss of the flavors will be like today afterwards a night in the fridge. Acceptable job Lindsay (and team)!

    Already printed out and activity in the “family favorites” compound adhesive I keep.

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    Wonderful as-is recipe. I fabricated 1 1/2 compound to use up my lentils and to that added 3 cups cautiously chopped beginning appearance but that acutely wasn’t about enough. So I defrosted a amalgamation of arctic appearance and again it was perfect!!!

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    I fabricated this compound today and it was delicious. I didn’t accept beginning spinach, so I acclimated arctic and that formed additionally absolutely well. This compound is a babysitter for abatement & winter 😊

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      Krista @ Compression of Yum

      So blessed to apprehend it, Anna! Acknowledgment for the comment!

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    This soup was adorable and so easy. I fabricated it with and spinach, babyish kale and chard mix. Awful recommended. Thanks!

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      I fabricated this with approved paprika and a cool greens mix and it was out of this world. I’m not vegan but wasn’t missing dairy or meat in the least. So aflame to accept assortment for cafeteria tomorrow!

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    I fabricated this for my ancestors aftermost night and it was amazing! I admired the circuitous flavors with the lemon, the spices and the honey. It was so good!!

  14. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I fabricated this for my ancestors aftermost night and it was amazing! I admired the circuitous mix of flavors with the spices, the auto abstract and the honey! It was so good! Thanks!

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    I fabricated this for my ancestors aftermost night and it was amazing! I admired the mix of flavors from the spices, the auto juice, and the honey. It was so delicious! Thanks!

  16. Pinch of Yum Logo

    This soup was so delicious! I’m not a huge fan of smoked paprika and ever begrimed dishes, so I added 1 tbsp of approved paprika and 1 tbsp of begrimed paprika which added the absolute bulk of smokiness. The attic milk gives it a abundant creaminess which balances the black as well. This one is absolutely a keeper!

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      Krista @ Compression of Yum

      So animated you were able to acquisition the appropriate antithesis of flavor! Acknowledgment for the comment!

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    Linda Jean

    I had all of the capacity on duke so I threw it calm – so easy, so delicious! Best abdomen arrest ever!!!