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All Recipes, Soups & Salads / January 12, 2024

COZY Red Lentil Soup | Packed with Flavors & Done in 30 Minutes

This COZY Red Lentil Soup, known as sopa de lentejas rojas, is what heartwarming and delicious food is all about. We’re talking a ton of great flavors, the simplest ingredients and done in just 30 minutes using one pan. Serve it next to a crunchy baguette and a bottle of Spanish red wine for a complete meal.

COZY Red Lentil Soup
To make this recipe, I used dried red lentils. You can also use green or brown lentils. However, red lentils cook much faster and give the soup a slightly creamy texture. Either way, when you’re working with lentils, you don’t have to soak them overnight. Just a quick rinse under water and they’re ready to cook.

COZY Red Lentil Soup
For the liquid, I used homemade vegetable broth. But chicken broth, beef broth or even water can be used. As for the vegetables, I used a combination of onion, garlic, carrots and tomatoes. You can mix it up and use whatever vegetables you like here.

COZY Red Lentil Soup

TIPS & TRICKS to Make this Recipe: Important to season the soup once the lentils are fully cooked. If you season beforehand, it can take the lentils a longer time to cook and will end up with a tough texture. It took me 10 minutes to cook the red lentils. Make sure to check the package instructions to ensure proper cooking times.

COZY Red Lentil Soup

Key Ingredients & Cookware I used in this Recipe:

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Watch the Video Below on How to Make this COZY Red Lentil Soup

COZY Red Lentil Soup
4.67 from 3 votes

COZY Red Lentil Soup

Course Main Course, Soup
Cuisine Spanish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 274 kcal
Author Albert Bevia @ Spain on a Fork


  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 30 ml
  • 1 small onion
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp sherry vinegar 15 ml
  • 1 tsp sweet smoked Spanish paprika 2.50 grams
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin 1.50 grams
  • 1 cup dried red lentils 140 grams
  • 5 cups vegetable broth 1200 ml
  • 1 bay leaf
  • pinch sea salt
  • dash black pepper
  • fresh parsley for garnish


  1. Finely chop the onion, roughly chop the garlic, cut the carrots (peeled) into small bite-size pieces, finely grate the tomatoes and add the red lentils into a fine sieve and rinse under water

  2. Heat a stock pot with a medium heat and add in the olive oil

  3. After a couple of minutes add in the chopped onion, garlic and carrots, mix continuously, after 3 to 4 minutes and the vegetables are lightly sauteed, add in the sherry vinegar, paprika and cumin, give it a quick mix, then add in the grated tomato, give it a mix and then simmer without mixing

  4. Once the grated tomato has slightly thickened, about 3 minutes, add in the red lentils, broth and bay leaf, turn it up to a high heat and give it a mix, once it comes to a boil, place a lid on the stock pot and lower to a low heat

  5. Once the red lentils are just cooked through (check package cooking times, mine was 10 minutes), season the soup with sea salt & black pepper, give it one final mix and then remove from the heat

  6. Transfer into bowls and garnish with fresh parsley, enjoy!

Recipe Notes

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Nutrition Facts
COZY Red Lentil Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 274 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Sodium 1204mg52%
Potassium 728mg21%
Carbohydrates 39g13%
Fiber 16g67%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 13g26%
Vitamin A 6502IU130%
Vitamin C 14mg17%
Calcium 55mg6%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Cyrus

    5 stars
    I’m newly vegan and love your recipes. Everything I’ve made has come out spectacular. The only problem I have is the country where I live does not have vegetable stock or even vegetable bullion for sale, so I have to make my own. (I use your recipe.) The time it takes to make the stock is like making a whole meal – just use all of that meal to make another meal. I wish I could find a better way.

    22 . Jan . 2024
    • Spain on a Fork

      Sorry to hear that, just to try to make bigger batches of the broth and freeze for future recipes 🙂 Much love

      23 . Jan . 2024
  2. Roger Wyatt

    5 stars
    I just made this soup last night (with your homemade veggie broth, no less). It was amazing! Definitely adding this to my repertoire of soup recipes!

    17 . Jan . 2024
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that! Thanks for the comment 🙂 Much love

      19 . Jan . 2024
  3. Dee

    4 stars
    Looks delicious & easy to make. Will make this soup tomorrow. Have all ingredients. Cold & getting colder here in U.K. Your recipes are so good. Thanks for your enthusiasm! ☺

    13 . Jan . 2024
    • Spain on a Fork

      Sounds great! Thanks for the comment 🙂 Much love

      13 . Jan . 2024
  4. Ramya

    Cant wait to make this soon for me i never had cozy red lentil soup before also it is raining here in Singapore everyday perfect for raining days in Singapore and after ofice meals love your recipes as always brightens up my day everyday after work

    12 . Jan . 2024
    • Spain on a Fork

      Sounds great Ramya! Much love 🙂

      13 . Jan . 2024
  5. Marlene

    Can this be cooked in a crockpot. I don’t have a large enough stockpot. I am a 90 year old and cook for one.

    12 . Jan . 2024
    • Spain on a Fork

      Absolutely, though cooking times will vary 🙂 Much love

      13 . Jan . 2024

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