This recipe for Smokey Hot Vegan Red Lentil Soup is so easy to make. It cooks up quick, tastes delicious and is kid approved.
Our tomatoes are ripening almost faster than we can pick them. I should add, we planted 16 cherry tomato plants, and 34 other tomato plant varieties. Don't ask me what I was thinking. Really, I can't give you an answer, other than we started them from seed and I couldn't handle the idea of "wasting" one of our precious baby plants.
We gifted quite a few plants to friends and I've been busy canning salsa's and diced tomatoes like it's my job. I plan to give a few gallon sized bags of cherry tomatoes away, but I also want to use up and save as much as I can too.
This recipe is perfect for those of you who may have an over-abundance of cherry tomatoes coming in from the garden right now.
It's also perfect for those of you wanting a nutritious, filling plant-based meal option. We are not Vegans (though I was a strict vegan for a while in my past), however we do make plant based meals multiple times each week. It's incredibly healthy, sustainable and less expensive than a meat based meal.
Scroll down to make this easy, tasty vegan lentil dish.
Smokey Hot Vegan Red Lentil Soup
2 TBSP Avocado Oil
1 Large Red Onion Chopped
2 lbs Cherry Tomatoes Cut in Half
1.5 Cups Red Lentils
4 Cups Vegetable Stock
1 Tsp Smoked Paprika
1/4 Tsp Cayenne Pepper Flakes
Salt & Pepper to Taste
Fresh Basil (for garnish - optional)
1) In a large stockpot or skillet with a tall edge, sauté the chopped red onion until caramelized over medium/high heat. Season with salt and pepper.
2) Reduce heat to medium and add the tomatoes. Let simmer for a bit until most of the juices have been released.
3) Add red lentils, smoked paprika and pepper flakes, followed by one cup of vegetable stock. Simmer until most of the liquid is absorbed and then add another cup of stock. Continue doing this until the lentils are soft and tender.
4) Serve hot and garnished with fresh basil if desired. We found the basil added depth to the dish and really was a great addition.