Red Lentil Soup With Lemon And Dill


A cozy, protein-packed soup to warm you up from the inside out.

Red Lentil Soup With Lemon And Dill

Victor Protasio

Prep Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
30 mins

Quick-cooking red lentils are a weeknight win. In this chunky soup, creamy red lentils, fire-roasted tomatoes, and carrots are flavored with the citrusy notes of lemon and sumac. Sumac is a Middle Eastern spice made from dried ground berries that's lightly fruity, tangy, and incredibly versatile. It’ll give this easy soup an intriguing edge. Finish off with a dollop of yogurt for richness and a shower of fresh dill to balance out this soup with beautiful brightness. It’s a comforting bowl guaranteed to become one of your go-tos.


  • 4 Tbsp. unsalted butter, divided

  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped

  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped

  • 6 cups lower-sodium vegetable broth

  • 1 14.5-oz.can fire-roasted diced tomatoes

  • 1 1/2 cups dried red lentils, rinsed

  • 1 1/2 tsp. kosher salt

  • 1 1/4 tsp. ground sumac, plus more for garnish (optional)

  • 1 tsp. lemon zest

  • 2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice (from 1 lemon)

  • 6 Tbsp. plain whole-milk Greek-style yogurt

  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh dill


  1. Heat 2 tablespoons butter in a large pot over medium. Add onion and carrots; cook, stirring occasionally, until starting to soften, about 5 minutes. Add broth, tomatoes, lentils, salt, and sumac, if using. Bring to a simmer over high. Reduce heat to medium-low; cover and simmer until lentils have softened, about 15 minutes.

  2. Remove from heat and stir in lemon juice and remaining 2 tablespoons butter. Divide soup among 4 bowls and top with yogurt. Sprinkle with lemon zest, dill, and more sumac, if using.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

254 Calories
12g Fat
28g Carbs
11g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 254
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 16%
Saturated Fat 7g 36%
Cholesterol 32mg 11%
Sodium 960mg 42%
Total Carbohydrate 28g 10%
Dietary Fiber 9g 31%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 11g
Vitamin C 17mg 84%
Calcium 98mg 8%
Iron 3mg 18%
Potassium 704mg 15%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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