Healthy Holiday Recipe: Red Lentil Soup

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Healthy Holiday Recipe: Red Lentil soup

Now that the weather is getting cold, one of the best ways to warm up is with healthy holiday recipes like this Red Lentil Soup. It would make a great addition to your holiday meal whether your cuisine is casual or elegant. Not only will this recipe warm you up, it tastes delicious and is full of healthy ingredients.

As a plus, Red Lentil Soup is not only easy to make and freeze ahead of time, but are loaded with vitamins and nutrients, too! They are  high in protein and iron as well as low in calories. Dr. Oz recently called lentils a healthy superfood and they are a popular choice for healthy holiday recipes of vegans and vegetarians. Lentils are also packed full of fiber, which makes them a great choice for those trying to control their blood sugar. Known as an excellent antioxidant, they have nutrients that contribute to a healthy heart.

Red Lentil Soup is very easy to make and makes a great addition to your holiday meal.

Prep time : 15 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes

Ingredients Needed for Red Lentil Soup:

Red Lentil Cup

  • 5 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup red lentils, washed
  • ¼ cup carrots, diced or shredded
  • 1/4 cup of Celery minced
  • ¼ cup onions, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon caraway
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Cooking cream (optional)

How To Make This Healthy Holiday Recipe:

  • Heat oil, garlic, and onions in a large saucepan on medium heat. Continue cooking, stirring often, until onions are well cooked.
  • Add carrots and celery to the saucepan and cook for 3 minutes.

Healthy holiday recipe: Red lentil soup in preparation

  • Add uncooked red lentils and chicken broth.
  • Add a dash of salt and pepper. Cook uncovered for 20 minutes.
  • You can add some cooking cream if you wish.

Variation Suggestions for Red Lentil Soup:

  • You could turn this Red Lentil Soup into a great main meal by adding more vegetables. Think of adding cabbage, and/or spinach. If you are a meat eater, think of adding some diced spicy sausage.
  • For increased protein and iron content you could try adding black or navy beans.
  • If you are worried about diabetes, consider adding cooked brown rice. Harvard researchers have found that eating at least two servings of brown rice each week significantly lowers the chance of developing blood sugar issues. They say it also helps lower cholesterol.
  • To adjust the taste, experiment with different herbs and spices.

When choosing healthy holiday recipes, it is important to look at the time needed to cook, availability and cost of ingredients, the health benefits, and if it is tasty. This Red Lentil Soup has just the right blend of many ingredients, making it one of the healthy holiday recipes that will satisfy even the pickiest eaters.

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About Taylor

Taylor has been a freelance writer for since 2009. Prior to writing, she worked in the real estate, property management, construction, and accounting fields. She is the mother of 3 children and enjoys writing about parenting and health. When she isn't writing, you can find her playing with her children, doing crafts, or hiking on the trails.


  1. Oh this looks yummy. I’ve never tried lentil before. I’ll have to find it and make this recipe.

    • Taylor Rios says:

      You can use lentils in a lot of different ways and they are inexpensive, too. They are usually with the bags on beans in the grocery aisle where the pinto and other bagged beans are :)

  2. Delicious!! I’ll be trying this…haven’t tried making red lentil soup before :) Thanks for sharing!

  3. I like hearty soups for cold winter days. This sounds delicious! Thanks! :)

  4. I love trying new soups. I’m not sure my family would enjoy this one, but I know I sure would!!

  5. Great recipe! We love lentil soup! We love soups of all kinds!

  6. Looks delicious and something I will be making this weekend as it is getting cold here!!! Thanks for the recipe :)

  7. This looks good – especially lover the suggestion of adding brown rice. Thanks for sharing!

  8. This looks sooooo yummy!

  9. I love soups in the winter time. This one looks delicious!

  10. I’ve never eaten red lentils before, until I try this!

  11. Sounds great, I will be trying this

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