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Afghan Red Lentil Soup

Afghan Red Lentil Soup

This is a bowl of comfort. Steaming with red lentils, cumin, mint, and lemon. 

By Hello Fresh

Earthy, yet bright and fresh with its combination of spices and herbs, this hearty and satisfying soup is perfect on any day.


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This recipe from HelloFresh was republished with permission. It originally appeared as Afghan Red Lentil Soup with Cumin, Mint and Lemon


  • Author: Hello Fresh
  • Category: Soup


  • 1 yellow onion
  • 8 ounces carrots (168g)
  • 1 stalk celery
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 cup red lentils
  • 1 can whole plum tomatoes (14 oz)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried mint
  • 1 lemon
  • 1/2 ounce fresh mint (14g)
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable stock concentrate
  • 1 tablespoon oil


  1. Prep the veggies: halve, peel, and dice the onion. Peel the carrots, then finely dice. Finely chop the celery. Mine or grate the garlic. Zest the lemon, then slice into wedges. Thinly slice the mint, reserving a few leaves for garnish.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large pot over medium­ high heat. Add the onion, garlic, celery, and carrot and cook, tossing, 4­5 minutes, until softened. Add the cumin and cook 30 seconds, until fragrant. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Add the tomatoes and the dried mint to the pot. Using a potato masher or wooden spoon break up the tomatoes until almost smooth. Add the lentils, vegetable stock concentrate, and 2 cups water to the pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer for 25­30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until lentils are tender. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Remove the bay leaf from the pot. Add the chopped mint and a squeeze of lemon and stir to combine.
  5. TIP: If you have a blender, you can blend the soup for a creamy consistency!
  6. Ladle the soup into bowls and garnish with lemon zest, reserved lemon wedges, and fresh mint leaves. Enjoy!

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