Moroccan Red Lentil Soup

I learned how to make this soup when I was in culinary school, and its one that I return to over and over again. I love that it is meatless, but still packed with protein and flavor from the ginger and fresh herbs. 

I’m always looking for ways to cook lentils. They are so high in protein (10 grams per 1/4 cup) and pretty cheap to buy. This Moroccan soup has cinnamon, turmeric, ginger, and lots of fresh parsley and cilantro. It is slow simmered in a tomato broth, and when the lentils start to fall apart and thicken the soup it reaches true hearty perfection.

I love love love my microplane grater and consider it an essential kitchen tool. I use it to grate my ginger especially when I’m making this soup so that it is evenly dispersed throughout the broth. 


Moroccan Red Lentil Soup
Serves 4
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  1. extra virgin olive oil
  2. 1 small white onion finely chopped
  3. 1 carrot finely chopped
  4. pinch of salt
  5. 1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper
  6. 1/2 tsp turmeric
  7. 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  8. 3 cloves garlic minced (as small as you can go)
  9. 1 inch fresh ginger minced (same as garlic)
  10. 1/3 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
  11. 1/3 cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped
  12. 3/4 cup red lentils
  13. 15 oz can tomato sauce
  14. 4 cups vegetable or chicken stock
  15. lemon wedges and fresh cilantro to garnish
  1. In a heavy medium sized stockpot, heat over medium-high and coat bottom with EVOO.
  2. Add onion, carrot, salt and pepper.
  3. Cook over medium high heat, stirring frequently until onions are golden.
  4. Add turmeric, cinnamon, garlic and ginger and continue to cook over medium heat a few more minutes.
  5. Add parsley and cilantro, lentils, tomato sauce and stock.
  6. Stir to combine and bring to boil.
  7. Let simmer for 1 hour, or until lentils break down. Add a little water if it becomes too thick.
  8. Serve with fresh lemon and cilantro to garnish.
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Moroccan Red Lentil Soup