This Creamy Carrot and Lentil Soup is so luxurious that you’ll be craving it all year long! It’s easy to make with budget-friendly ingredients but is packed with plant-based protein and features layers of warm and comforting flavors.
This spiced Carrot and Lentil Soup is very comforting and made with classic fall ingredients, like carrots and cinnamon, but has a few twists and turns that will have you craving it year-round!
Why I love this recipe
- Budget-friendly – When you make soup with red lentils and carrots, you get to treat yourself to a tasty and healthy meal without spending an arm and a leg.
- Creamy – It has bisque levels of creaminess without needing any coconut milk or cashew cream. Though I like to swirl some plain yogurt (or coconut milk) on top.
- Easy – It’s so easy to make in 1 pot!
How to make carrot and lentil soup
Heat the oil in a large soup pot over medium heat. Once hot, add the onion, garlic, and carrots. Cook until soft.
Next, sprinkle the cinnamon, ginger, and turmeric over the veggie mix. Stir to coat.
Upgrade the flavor: Substitute 1 teaspoon of grated fresh ginger and/or turmeric to jazz up the flavors.
Stir the lentils, tomato paste, and broth into the pot. Bring it up to a boil, then lower the heat to a simmer. Continue simmering until the lentils have softened and the soup has thickened.
Use an immersion blender to puree the soup until it’s very smooth. Or leave some texture; it’s up to you!
Don’t have an immersion blender? Carefully blend the soup in batches in a high-speed blender instead.
Season the lentil and carrot soup with salt and add a splash of water or broth to thin the consistency as desired. Spoon into bowls and top with a swirl of plain vegan yogurt, chopped parsley, or cilantro. Serve with crusty bread or focaccia on the side and enjoy!
Frequently asked questions
I don’t recommend making this with another type of lentil, like green or brown lentils, because they’ll change the dish entirely. Red lentils are a much better fit! Just like in red lentil dahl, they practically melt into the soup once cooked and blend very easily.
You can use green or brown lentils if you don’t puree the soup.
No, red lentils do not need to be soaked before cooking. However, I do recommend sifting through the dry lentils first. Pick out and discard any small pebbles or specks of dirt.
You don’t have to! If you want it to have texture, don’t bother blending the soup or only blend half of the batch. Feel free to use green or brown lentils if you don’t plan on pureeing the soup but adjust the cooking times as necessary (these lentils take longer to cook than red lentils).
Transfer the cooled red lentil soup to an airtight container. It’ll stay fresh in the fridge for 4 to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
Creamy Carrot and Lentil Soup
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 large yellow onion diced
- 3 large garlic cloves minced
- 4 large carrots peeled and sliced into 1-inch chunks
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
- 2 cups red lentils
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 8 cups vegetable broth
- 1/2 teaspoon salt more or less to taste
- Optional: plain yogurt or coconut milk for serving
- Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic and carrots and cook, stirring frequently, for about 5 minutes.
- Add the cinnamon, ginger and turmeric and stir into the vegetables for 30 seconds.
- Add the red lentils, tomato paste and broth. Stir everything together well.
- Bring the soup to a boil, then lower heat and simmer for 20 minutes, or until the lentils have softened and the soup has thickened.
- Use an immersion blender to blend the soup in the pot until smooth. Alternatively, transfer in batches to a high speed blender and blend until very smooth.
- Add salt to taste, and thin out with a little water or broth if desired.
- Serve in bowls with a swirl of plain yogurt (I used Forager cashew yogurt) or coconut milk, chopped parsley or cilantro and perhaps a side of fresh bread for dipping.
- The soup will keep in the refrigerator for 4-5 days, and also freezes well.
- You can substitute green or brown lentils if you don’t wish to puree the soup.
- As it cools, it will thicken. Simply add some water and reheat until it thins out.