Red Lentil Salsa Soup

  • Lazy Red Lentil Salsa Soup.

    Lazy Red Lentil Salsa Soup. Goran Kosanovic

Updated 11/27/2018 10:18 PM

1¼ cups dried red lentils, rinsed

4 cups water


½ packed cup diced red bell pepper (from ½ large pepper, seeded)

1¼ cups smooth/pureed red salsa (with your preferred heat level)

1 tablespoon chili powder

1 tablespoon dried oregano

1 teaspoon Spanish smoked paprika (pimenton; sweet or hot)

¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

¾ cup frozen sweet corn


2 tablespoons fresh lime juice, plus lime wedges for garnish

¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves and tender stems, plus more for garnish

Flesh of 1 ripe avocado, sliced

Combine the lentils, water, bell pepper, salsa, chili powder, oregano, smoked paprika and black pepper in a large pot over high heat. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low, partially cover and cook until the lentils are barely tender, 10 to 15 minutes.

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Stir in the corn; cook until heated through, 1 to 2 minutes. Taste and add salt, as needed. (Depending on the salsa you used, you might not need salt.) Stir in the lime juice and ¼ cup chopped cilantro.

Divide among individual bowls and top with sliced avocado and cilantro. Serve hot, with lime wedges.

Serves 4 to 6 (makes 6 cups)

Nutrition: Per serving (based on 6): 220 calories, 12 g protein, 34 g carbohydrates, 5 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 220 mg sodium, 9 g dietary fiber, 4 g sugar

Adapted from "The Vegan 8: 100 Simple, Delicious Recipes Made with 8 Ingredients or Less," by Brandi Doming (Oxmoor House, 2018).

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