The days are getting colder, which means it's time to curl up with a delicious bowl of lentil soup! This indulgent, dairy-free red lentil soup recipe is one of our favorites on those cold nights.
I never really thought much of lentils until I married my husband and adored his mother's famous hearty lentil soup. While I've made that delicious recipe many times, and usually have a batch or two in my freezer, this coconut milk-based red lentil soup is my current go-to. Using red lentils, versus black or green lentils, gives it an especially soft, creamy consistency. So it's equally delicious in a bowl or over some white rice or brown rice.
Not only is this red lentil soup delicious with its hints of cumin, but lentils also pack a powerful nutrient punch. A serving of plain lentils (100 g) has about 100 calories, 10 grams of protein, and 8 grams of fiber. So red lentils are good for you, too! Added bonus: kids like them, too!
Creamy dairy-free red lentil soup.
olive oil (or coconut oil)
large onion (chopped)
vegetable broth (can sub chicken or beef broth)
coconut milk (use regular or light from a can. Don't use the coconut milk beverage from the refrigerator section)
dried red lentils (can sub other colors, but it will change the flavor and consistency of the soup.)
kale or spinach ((optional))
salt/pepper to taste
Creamy Coconut Red Lentil Soup
Turn Instant pot to saute function. Cook onion, garlic, and ginger for a couple of minutes until translucent.
Add tomato paste, curry, cumin, and stir together for one minute.
Add in broth, tomatoes, coconut milk, and lentils.
Turn off saute function. Turn on Instant Pot's pressure cooking feature. Cook at high for ten minutes. Make sure the top knob is sealed.
When complete, switch the top knob to vent, and let the steam escape. You can serve the soup immediately, or wait. It should keep for a few days in the refrigerator and much longer in the freezer.
The creamy consistency of red lentils makes this recipe a delicious curry that would go well as a sauce with rice. If you're trying to minimize carbs, try it over cauliflower rice instead. Hot, buttered naan or a flatbread are also delicious pairings for this lentil soup, and though this plant-based recipe is vegan, you can add in some chicken or beef if you want to increase the protein quotient of this lentil recipe. If you want to pair this recipe with something crispy, why not add lentil chips? Tortilla chips tips pair well with this red lentil soup recipe, too.
So try it out, and let us know what you think in the comments or on your favorite family app!