Spiced Red Lentil, Tomato, and Kale Soup


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This is the kind of soup with broth that tastes just as good, if not better, than the actual add-ins. Is it normal to want to guzzle the broth? Well, it is now, my friends. It’s actually a miracle I have any taste buds left because I’ve burned my tongue so many times since dedicating the last two weeks for cookbook soup makin’. After concocting 6 different soups and stews my freezer is very happy. Just don’t open it because you’re likely to get pummeled in the face by glass Tupperware. I was never one for patience and organization, but I can make a mean soup.

Chili powder, cumin, coriander, smoked paprika, and cayenne pepper create a downright irresistible flavourful broth bursting with nutrition. I tell ya, it’ll clear your nose in no time. Have tissue nearby! While it does contain a medley of spices, I wouldn’t say it’s overly “spicy”, unless of course you go crazy with the cayenne pepper. I just added a bit of each spice at a time and tasted, adjusted, tasted, adjusted. That’s the beauty of soup – the recipe is never set in stone. Go wild.

Since most vegetable soups don’t hold me over very long, I added a cup of red lentils to amp up the protein (and fibre). Red lentils are one of my favourite ingredients to add into basic soups! They take a mere 15 minutes to cook and it’s all made in one pot. No pre-cooking. No soaking. They also “fluff up” (technical term) and add a lot of body to the broth. This soup went from having almost no protein to over 10 grams per serving. Add a hunk of bread/crackers + piece of fruit and you have yourself a nice little meal to enjoy with loved ones.

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Spiced Red Lentil, Tomato, and Kale Soup

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Yield: 5.5- 6 cups


  • 1 tsp coconut oil (or other oil)
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 sweet onion, diced
  • 3 celery stalks, diced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 & 1/4 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp smoked sweet paprika, to taste
  • 1/8th tsp cayenne pepper, or to taste
  • 14-oz can diced tomatoes
  • 5-6 cups vegetable broth, more if desired
  • 1 cup red lentils, rinsed and drained
  • fine grain sea salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 handfuls torn kale leaves or spinach



1. In a large pot, sauté the onion and garlic in oil for about 5-6 minutes over medium heat. Add in the celery and sauté for a few minutes more.

2. Stir in the bay leaf and the spices (cumin, chili powder, coriander, paprika, cayenne). You can add half the spices and add more later if you prefer.

3. Stir in the can of tomatoes (including juice), broth, and lentils. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and then simmer, uncovered, for about 20-25 minutes, until lentils are tender and fluffy.

4. Stir in kale or spinach and season to taste adding more spices if you wish.


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MeesaDeesa November 9, 2012

Where did you get these beautiful blue dishes from?!


Angela (Oh She Glows) November 9, 2012

Thank you – they are from Anthropologie :)


Dalia November 9, 2012

Great soup! I added some carrots and tumeric. Lovely.


Julia November 9, 2012

This soup looks delicious! I am just getting into Kale and can’t wait to try this.


Moni @ {Meals Meals} November 9, 2012

This sounds fantastic! I think brown rice or quinoa would be good too. :)


MIchelle November 10, 2012

Love the fantastic timing of this post. My husband has a permanent shift change of 4-12pm…and he is a hard-to-change-carnivoire. My daughters and I are eating more vegetarian, basic recipes and while we are always gluten free because I have Celiac – we are also trying to be more dairy conscious. You wrapped all this up in a tidy smoked package of goodness right in the typed words of this post! Made this tonight, loved it with some gluten free biscuits and I agree…..wanted to slop up the broth with all the biscuits! Thank you!


Karen November 11, 2012

I made this for my husband tonight. We both totally loved it!! Thanks for such an awesome recipe! I used regular lentils because that’s all they had at my store. They soaked up almost all of the broth, but it was still super delicious.


Jihan November 11, 2012

Hi Angela,
I have been passing on your website to friends and family after trying a few of your recipes! This soup was delicious. I just savoured the last of it today and will make more tonight.I used baby spinich instead of kale and skipped chili power since I was out of it…but it still exploded with flavor. Thanks for all the great recipes.


Cookie and Kate November 11, 2012

I worry I’m going to burn off all my taste buds every time I make soup, too. I’ll never learn, I suppose. Sigh. This soup looks terrific and I can’t wait to see all your other soups in your cookbook!


Meg November 12, 2012

I made this soup yesterday while I watched 20 cm of snow fall out my window! It was a little depressing but this soup sure perked me up! It’s warm and cozy and definitely suited for the cold winter days ahead. I didn’t have celery (and there was no way I was braving the snow to walk to the store) so I threw in some chopped carrot and it’s still delicious! Thanks!


Jenny November 12, 2012


I’m sure someone has asked this in the first page of comments, but I’m wondering your thoughts on this and the slow cooker. Looks delicious and wondering if I can put it on and come home to this yummy soup! :)



Angela (Oh She Glows) November 12, 2012

Hi Jenny, I can’t see why it wouldnt work! I would cook it on high for 30 mins or so and then switch to low heat. Let me know how it goes if you try it out!


Jenny November 13, 2012

Thank you! :) I’m trying it this morning…. will let you know how it goes. Smell delicious so far!


Susan November 12, 2012

I made this Friday, have been eating it all weekend, and each day it’s gotten better! I also made your Apple, Date, Pecan baked oatmeal for breakfast today and it was heavenly – like eating dessert for breakfast. Perfect for a cold Saskatchewan -18C morning.


Liz November 12, 2012

Lovely recipe! Just made this for my family and it was a hit! Bulked it up a bit with more vegetables and lentils, just to stretch it farther, but it was a great recipe that I’d definitely make again. Loved the kale and tomatoes as well, gave lovely texture. Thanks for the inspiration :)


Corinne November 13, 2012

Yum! I made it yesterday and its almost gone today.


Lee Ann Burke November 13, 2012

Since stumbling onto your website (thank you Pinterest), I spend copious amounts of time going through your recent post and archives. Everything I have made is ridiculously delicious! I’ve even converted certified “date haters” with the rolo recipe. Please publish I cookbook soon!


Doran November 14, 2012

I made this a few nights ago and it was soooooo delicious! So spicy and filling! Perfection in a bowl! As always, thanks for the yummy recipes!


Michele November 15, 2012

This soup is delicious! I didn’t have celery on hand, so I substituted carrots. It’s a very pretty soup–perfect for a cold dreary day.


Meredith November 15, 2012

I made this – it’s awesome! Make this now!!


Tara November 16, 2012

I made this over the weekend and it was delicious! Thanks so much for the great recipe!


Sabrina November 16, 2012

Thanks Angela… so simple and tasty! Made it last night after a long day at work and did it ever hit the spot! Love your page :)


Brook November 18, 2012

Oh my goodness! I just made this for supper tonight and it is easily one of my new favorite soups. Thank you so much for sharing!


Statch November 26, 2012

I met this last night and it was great! The seasoning was perfect. I’ve never liked lentil soup before, and now I realize it was because the recipes I tried before were too bland. Next time I’m going to reduce the amount of lentils a bit and add a diced potato and maybe some carrot.


Emily November 26, 2012

I made this soup tonight. It was absolutely delish! I had 3 helpings! :)


Stacy November 27, 2012

I made this recipe this weekend and it was incredibly delicious! We loved the heartiness of the soup and the added “chew” the kale provided. Perfect amount of spice and super easy to throw together. This recipe will definitely be on my “repeat list”. Thanks so much!


Mary H. November 27, 2012

This is a keeper. Have already made it twice and even my 14 month old loves it! Thank you!


april November 27, 2012

My family and I love this recipe! It is such a fun and different lentil soup! Thanks for this recipe!


Constanze November 28, 2012

Just prepared it for late lunch… Amazing ! Easy to prepare & super intense taste
Thanks :-)


MsPacMan December 2, 2012

This soup is WONDERFUL! Possibly the best lentil soup I’ve ever tasted. I made it for dinner last night and already can’t wait to have the leftovers. Thank you for sharing!!!


Michele December 3, 2012

Just made it for dinner and it is to die for! Love it! I even think the husband will eat it.
Thank you!


Angela (Oh She Glows) December 3, 2012

yay – goodluck!


Samantha December 5, 2012

I made this soup last week and it was delicious! I didn’t have a few of the things on hand, so I made a few substitutions (no celery? more onion. no veggie broth? chicken broth). I also added some red potatoes, and served it up with some homemade crusty bread. YUM! Planning to make it again tonight!


annie December 6, 2012

this soup was amazing! i added about a tablespoon of nutritional yeast at the end, and served each bowl with about 1/4 of an avocado on top. the spicy/cool combo with the added avo was fantastic! a sprinkle of cilantro probably would be great as well. angela – i just discovered ohsheglows last week, and have made four of your recipes, all of which have been stellar! thank you!!


Laura December 9, 2012

OMG! I just made this and added fingerling potatoes and carrots… it is delish! Wonderful recipe! Thanks, angela!


Judi December 11, 2012

I made this tonight and loved it!! Great flavor and perfect on a snowy evening. Thank you for such a great soup recipe.


Emily L December 20, 2012

I had this for dinner tonight and it was delicious! I made it in my crockpot and it turned out wonderful, especially when topped with some avocado!


Christina December 31, 2012

I made this for Christmas dinner, and it was AMAZING. I made it again for a post Christmas dinner with non-family. This was the most complimented and asked about of all the food there. Strict omnivores ate huge bowls of this. Thank you so much for sharing this. It is wonderful.


Angela (Oh She Glows) December 31, 2012

aw I’m so glad to hear this Christina! Thanks for trying it out.


Christina January 3, 2013

I’ve made this twice now and love it every time. I add sausage for my hubby. He is a manly man and wants meat with every meal. lol He loves this soup!


Lauren January 4, 2013

My new favourite soup. Topped my bowl with a shot of fresh lime and cilantro!


anna starostinetskaya January 4, 2013

I added a little soy chorizo to the mix. Just crumble and brown at the beginning with the onions. Really kicks up the flavor.


Bethany January 5, 2013

Excited to try this tonight especially since I am new to the lentil world! Do I have to pre-cook the red lentils or add them in in their original dry state. Super excited. Thank you!


Anna January 6, 2013

This is an amazing recipe. I have made it twice now. I often make up recipes as I go and therefore cannot really replicate them. When my husband tried this soup he said “Will you be able to make this again, exactly like this??”. The best compliment was from my 6 year old, a confirmed soup hater, who said it was the most delicious food he ever tasted. Awesome recipe!


Jess January 6, 2013

Made this last night to take to work this week…I’ve already had 2 huge bowls. It’s delicious and so easy!


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