Simple Lentil Soup with Lemon



  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Pinch chili powder
  • 6 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup lentils
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and diced
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 3 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • Salt to taste
  • Sour cream for serving (optional)


Heat oil in soup pot and sauté onion and garlic until soft and fragrant. Stir in tomato paste, cumin, pepper and chili powder. Add stock, lentils and carrots and simmer partially covered until lentils are tender, about 30 minutes. Blend half the soup in a blender and return to pot, or use an immersion blender. Add salt to taste and right before serving stir in lemon juice and cilantro. At the table, serve with a dollop of sour cream.