Fresh Tomato Red Lentil Soup

Fresh tomato red lentil soup is the best. It’s bright – from the citrus – fresh-tasting and nourishing. High in protein, fiber, healthy, and delicious.

Fresh Tomato & Red Lentil Soup

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 6
Author Tania Van Pelt


  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 large white onion, finely diced
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1-3 cups dried red lentils depending on preferred consistency of soup
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded and diced
  • Sea salt
  • 6 big ripe tomatoes if they’re in season, blanched, peeled, chopped, or two 28 oz. cans whole peeled tomatoes chopped with liquid
  • ½ cup fresh basil plus more for garnish
  • ½ cup fresh Italian flat-leaf parsley plus more for garnish
  • 4 medium-size lemons, juiced
  • 32 oz. Vegetable Stock
  • 2 tablespoons Braggs Liquid Aminos or tamari plus more to taste


  1. In a big sauce pot, heat olive oil over medium high heat, sauté onion with a small pinch of sea salt for 3-4 minutes, until almost translucent, then add garlic, jalapeño, dried herbs and spices, cook for another 3-4 minutes.

  2. Add lentils, sauté for about 3 minutes.
  3. Add the tomatoes (if using fresh, blanch them, peel them, slice them before adding them to this mixture, and if using canned, add the tomatoes, chopped, with the liquid).
  4. Add lemon juice, salt, heat to boiling, and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Add the fresh herbs and the vegetable stock, stir, simmer for about 20-30 minutes.
  6. Salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Garnish with fresh herbs.

Recipe Notes

No need to pre-soak the dried lentils; they’ll soften as they cook. Use 1 cup if you want more of a lighter soup, use 2 cups if you prefer a stew-like dish. Use 3 cups if you want to highlight the lentils in the soup versus the tomatoes. I like a thicker consistency and often eat it with brown rice, quinoa, or another whole grain so I’ll use 3 or more cups.