The Oz Family's Creamy Red Lentil Soup

Photo from Elizabeth Griffin 

This recipe is Total Health Take Back-Approved!

Making the same dinners all the time can feel repetitive. Add this lentil soup into your meal rotation this winter to shake things up. This healthy soup from the Oz family is one of their personal favorites. It's filling, delicious, and really easy to make.

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2 tbsp coconut oil
1 large yellow onion, chopped
1 medium red bell pepper, cored and cut into 1/2 inch pieces
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tbsp cumin seed, toasted and ground
1 lb red lentils, picked over for stones, rinsed and drained
1 (28 oz) can of crushed tomatoes
sea salt and black pepper, to taste
2 medium orange-fleshed sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 3/4-inch cubes
1 (14 oz) can coconut milk

1. Melt the oil in a large sauce pan over medium heat. Add the onion, bell pepper, and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is tender but not browned, about 4 minutes. Add the cumin and stir well.


2. Add 8 cups water, lentils, tomato, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper to the pot. Bring to a simmer.


3. Stir in the sweet potatoes (make sure they are submerged).


4. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the lentils and sweet potatoes are tender, about 45 minutes.


5. While the soup cooks, add hot water as needed to keep the soup from becoming too thick.


6. During the last few minutes, stir the coconut milk and heat it without boiling.


7. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Ladle the soup into bowls and serve.