Orange and Red Lentil Soup

    1 hour 15 minutes

    A lovely soup recipe; Very easy to make and has a nice warm flavour. It's still savoury even though it has orange juice in it.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 2 tablespoons butter
    • 1 onion, diced
    • 2/3 cup (125g) red lentils
    • 1/2 cup (125ml) orange juice
    • 1 stalk celery, diced
    • 1/2 carrot, grated
    • 1 bay leaf
    • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
    • 1 pinch ground black pepper, to taste
    • 3 cups (375ml) chicken stock, divided

    Preparation:15min  ›  Cook:1hour  ›  Ready in:1hour15min 

    1. In a saucepan over medium heat cook onions in butter until softened.
    2. Stir in lentils, orange juice, celery, carrot, bay leaf, thyme, pepper and half the chicken stock then simmer 40 minutes until lentils are tender.
    3. Puree in a blender or food processor; or using an immersion blender.
    4. Return to the saucepan. Stir in remaining chicken stock and heat through.

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    I thought this was tasty but my husband, who's a big lentil soup fan, loved it. I sauteed the onion in a little olive oil instead of butter (as it's healthier). When the onion was softened, I added some minced garlic, which I briefly sauteed, before adding the rest of the ingredients. I also diced the carrot instaed of shredding it & used only 1/4 tsp. thyme, due to family preference. I added all the broth at the same time & didn't bother blending the ingredients at the end. A little texture from the lentils & veggies was fine with us. I would suggest that if you go to the trouble of making this that you double the recipe so you can take some to lunch or freeze it for another time.  -  08 Feb 2004  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    This was wonderful! I used vegetarian chicken seasoning instead of chicken broth, and skipped the celery and bay leaf. My family loved it - the only problem was I would say this made about two servings, not four - by the time the kids and I were done, my husband got about three bites. Also, I had to keep adding extra water as it cooked. But overall, it was a winner!  -  05 Jun 2002  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Amazing soup. Seems gourmet, but its so simple to make. Guests loved it, as did kids. I added garlic, and sautéed it with the onion as others suggested.  -  08 Jul 2007  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)