Spicy red lentil soup is both hearty and healthy!
I may have mentioned before, we have “days” here on our food schedule. Souper Sunday, Meatless Monday, Taco Tuesday, Wacky Wednesday, Thirsty Thursday, booze OK, (and quite possibly taco Thursday). Friday and Saturday are wild cards, which usually means I’m shooting a video so I’m cooking things that I shouldn’t be.
This spicy red lentil soup happened on Souper Sunday. Management and I just basically tossed some things in the Instant Pot and boom!
I call it spicy, but if you don’t put the jalapeño, it’s not. We like a little kick so we put it in, but it’s totally optional. You can also remove the seeds and membrane for just a tad of spiciness.
You’ll want to use red lentils for this, not the boring brown/green ones. (No offense to the boring brown/green ones. I realize #lentillivesmatter!) The red lentils break down and make it “creamy” and that’s what you want. You want to fool your brain into thinking you’re eating a wonderfully creamy soup but in reality it’s just broth based in disguise.
For all your hardcore carnivores, add some chicken in there. We’ve done both chicken breasts and pulled rotisserie chicken. We like the rotisserie chicken better, but it’s personal preference. Just toss about 1/2 to 1 pound of chicken breast with the rest of the ingredients or a handful or 2 of rotisserie chicken. If using whole chicken breast, remove when the soup is done and shred or cube and return to the pot.
Spicy Red Lentil Soup – Instant Pot and Stovetop
- 3 cups vegetable or chicken broth
- 3 cups water
- 1 cup dry red split lentils, rinsed
- 1/4 cup brown rice
- 1 cup corn, frozen or fresh
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- cayenne pepper to taste
- sea salt to taste (I used 2 teaspoons)
- 1 medium tomato, chopped or 3 roma tomatoes chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon ancho chili powder
- 1 small onion chopped small-ish
- 3 cloves garlic, minced or grated
- 2 stalks celery chopped small-ish
- 1 sliced jalapenos, optional for heat
- ¾ cups fresh cilantro, chopped
- small avocado, cubed or sliced
- sour cream optional
- diced red onion optional
- croutons optional
- 1/2 – 1 pound chicken breast or pulled rotisserie chicken if using
Bring broth and water to a boil in a medium soup pot. When it starts to boil, add the next 12 ingredients (plus chicken if using).
Cook over a medium-low flame for 45 minutes, or until rice is tender, semi-covered.
Taste for any seasonings adjustments and serve with cilantro, avocado cubes, and other optional toppings listed.
PRESSURE COOKER METHOD:
Add the broth and water to the pressure cooker, along with the next 12 ingredients (plus chicken if using). (Not the avocado, cilantro, or other optional toppings.) Stir well.
Pressure on high for 10 minutes. Let the pressure come down naturally – either fully if you’re busy or for at least 10 minutes.
If you used whole chicken breast, remove and cube or shred and return back to the pot.
To serve, sprinkle with cilantro, chopped avocado. Top with optional ingredients listed, if using.
Into soups? Check out some of my favs…
- Corn Soup – Instant Pot and Stovetop
- Mushroom Soup – Crazy delicious mushroom soup!
- Easy Tomato Bisque – Straight from one of the most popular breakfast spots in Mobile – Spot of Tea
- Chicken & Sausage Gumbo – Made with a no-fail oven roux. Don’t stand around stirring that roux until you faint, just put it in the oven.
32 thoughts on “Spicy Red Lentil Soup”
Made this for dinner tonight. It was absolutely delicious. I even added the jalapeno and the heat wasn’t over powering. The spice combination was perfect. I will definitely be making this again.
Nice! Glad it worked out for you!
I had leftovers when I made this. Since my son will not eat leftovers of any sort, I froze the soup. I reheated it tonight for my dinner. It was even better the second time around, if that’s even possible! 😊👍
Thought I would try pinning one last recipe and still not working.
I’m really not sure. I tried on each of the recipes your pins failed on and it works for me. Did you try from the website or a Pinterest extension in your browser?
Do you add raw or cooked chicken breast???
Raw. You could also use rotisserie chicken meat. Your choice.
How many servings is this?
Easily serves a family of 4-6.
Wow this looks delicious! Can’t wait to try it.
Thanks for the tip!
Have a great day.
This sounds amazing! I featured this post at last week’s Thursday Favorite Things. I hope you will join us again this week. Thanks for sharing! https://followtheyellowbrickhome.com/enjoying-winter-at-thursday-favorite-things/
Thanks! Can’t wait to check it out!
We’re having perfect weather for soup like this! Thanks for sharing your recipe with us at the Homestead Blog Hop!
This looks and sounds delcious and fits into my new plan to eat more legumes! Yum!! Thanks for sharing at the What’s for Dinner party. I love the things you bring.
Yummy. I love this recipe and hope to make it with my fiance.
Yummy! We love lentil soup and spicy is definitely welcome. Thanks for sharing at Fiesta Friday.
Yummy! It looks gorgeous! I wish I had an Instant pot every time I see recipes like this. #FiestaFriday
Oooo this has some of my families favourite spices in it – thanks for the recipe xx Maria
I make red lentils a lot as it’s a real staple Indian dish…fry and bit of garlic, ginger, chilli, onions, tomato paste and cumin. Add to the boiled lentils with a bit of turmeric for a lovely colour and then finish off with a dash of coriander. A perfect winter warmer like your soup recipe x #Alittlebitofeverything
Yum, love me some spicy food and your red lentil soup sounds like a winner!
Happy New Year! Your Spicy Red Lentil Soup looks wonderful! Pinning and sharing. Thank you for sharing, and for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Link Party. Hope your week is going well.
I should eat more soups. Such a quick and easy meal. Thanks for sharing the recipe!
Everyone should eat more soups! Thanks Lisa, for checking it out!
I’m sorry – I removed your post from the #MLSTL party as it didn’t meet our guidelines – we’d love you to participate but please read the rules carefully. Cheers Leanne
Sorry about that Leanne – linkpartyanimal did it. It must had added your party to the list of parties – I shall go and remove your party list today. Sorry for the inconvenience.
That looks so good. Yummy. Thanks for sharing it. #MLSTL
Though not the season for soups, I have kept a note of it for winter. I do enjoy making and eating soups. #MSTL
This looks divine! I’m a sucker for a good soup recipe.
I’m reading this after spending the last hour standing in the freezing cold while my son played rugby. It has made me warm up immediately, it is my type of soup!
Yikes! Next time bring this soup along in a thermos! Thanks for checking it out Matt -Stay warm!
I love lentil soup and your recipe is different and looks wonderful.
Thanks for sharing the recipe with us.
I came from Make it Pretty Monday where you are featured.
Thanks for checking it out Fabby! It’s a great, healthy soup, hope you enjoy!