Spicy Tomato Lentil Soup

Yesterday, everyone in Toronto was filled with hope and promise because it was gloriously sunny and ‘warm’ (i.e above freezing). And then today, all our hopes were dashed when we got a massive amount of snow, blizzard conditions, and temperatures that are more appropriate in January  than March. Sigh. That’s living in Canada I guess.

So while I’m dreaming of warmer days and being able to go outside without having to arm myself with a giant coat and boots, the weather just isn’t cooperating. Which is why I’m so glad I made this soup! It’s warm and spicy, guaranteed to warm you up from the inside.

It’s pretty easy to make, doesn’t have that many ingredients, and is a great clean-out-your-fridge soup, because you can really throw just about any veggie into it. You can give it as much spice as you need to warm you up (I needed a lot of spice today), and it doesn’t take that long to make!

Adapted from Oh She Glows


1 tbsp olive oil

1 onion, diced

2-3 cloves garlic, minced

2-3 stalks celery, diced

1-2 carrots, chopped

Other veggies, as desired/in your fridge

1 bay leaf

1 1/2 tsp ground cumin

2 tsp chili powder

1/2 tsp ground coriander

1/2 tsp paprika

1/4 tsp cayenne pepper, or as much/little as you want

14 ounce can diced tomatoes

6 cups vegetable broth

1 cup red lentils

salt and pepper, to taste


In a large pot, heat the oil and add onion and garlic. Saute until they’re starting to turn golden, about 3-5 minutes. Add celery, carrots, and any other vegetables you want, and cook for a few more minutes.

Add spices and cook, stirring, until spices start to become fragrant, about 3 minutes.

Add tomatoes (with juice), broth, and lentils. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to a simmer, and cook, partially covered, about 25 minutes, until lentils are nice and soft.

Season with a bit of salt and freshly cracked pepper, and serve with some toasty bread or crackers.

When the weather is snowy and horrible, nothing beats a spicy bowl of lentil soup to warm you up! Now cross your fingers that spring gets here soon…



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