Staying Warm: Red Lentil Soup

Finding myself stranded at home due to a run-in with a snow drift at the edge of my driveway, I thought I’d share this lovely soup recipe that my mom and I made together when we were in Ottawa this past month.

The recipe is from Anne Lindsay and is found in some of her recipe books, including my copy of Lighthearted at Home. This soup is delicious, warm, filling, and perfect for a snow day like today! It’s also deceptively easy to make.


0.5 c. dried red lentils
2 small onions, chopped
4 c. vegetable or chicken broth
1 bay leaf
1 large clove garlic
1 c. sliced carrots
2 tbsp long grain rice
14 oz/398 mL can diced tomatoes, undrained
1 tsp each crushed thyme and oregano
1 tsp ground cumin
0.25 c. chopped fresh parsley and/or cilantro
Salt and fresh-ground pepper to taste


1) Wash and drain lentils.
2) Place lentils, onions, broth, bay leaf and garlic in a large saucepan. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Continued below…

3) Add carrots, rice, tomatoes, thyme, oregano and cumin. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes or until carrots are tender and lentils are soft.
4) Remove bay leaf. Add parsley, coriander, salt and pepper.
5) Enjoy!


If you’re looking for fresh herbs in St John’s, I’ve found that the store with the most consistently good selection is the Sobey’s on Elizabeth ave. at Torbay road. If you’re finding yourself fresh outta luck, however, try hitting Dominion for President’s Choice’s amazing fresh-frozen herb dispensers… they’re perfect for recipes like this!

Available wherever PC products are sold, these lovelies have saved many a recipe of mine.

Image from President’s Choice

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