Turkish Red Lentil Soup

When it comes to creamy soups for fall and winter, this Turkish Red Lentil Soup is just the thing to warm you up AND fill you up!

The lentils and rice give a ton of fiber and complex carbs while the tomatoes give a boost of vitamin c and lycopene.

And with a vague mint and spicy note, it’s perfect!

*Serve with gluten-free whole-grain crackers and a dollop of organic sour cream (or dairy-free sour cream) to finish it off!


Turkish Red Lentil Soup

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Main Course


Units Scale
  • 2 TBSP olive oil
  • 1/2 onion (diced)
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)
  • 1/4 cup diced tomatoes (canned, drained)
  • 5 cups chicken stock (vegetable for vegan option)
  • 1/2 cup red lentils
  • 1/2 cup basmati rice (or wild or brown)
  • 2 TBSP tomato paste
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1 TBSP mint leaves (dried or fresh)
  • 1/2 tsp salt (to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper (to taste)


  1. Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Cook onion until clear, then add the garlic and cook about 2 minutes.
  2. Add the tomatoes, chicken stock, lentils, rice, tomato paste, paprika, red pepper flakes, and mint. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low and cook until the lentils and rice are cooked through (this will take approximately 30 minutes).
  3. Pour entire pot into a high-powered blender and pulse into a puree.
  4. Pour soup back into pot and simmer, adding salt and pepper to taste, until time to serve.

Keywords: anti-inflammatory, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Vegan

Did you make this recipe?

Share a photo and tag us @truewell.co — we can’t wait to see what you’ve made!

Red lentil soup vegan gluten free healthy easy
Laura Brigance, MS, CHC

Author: Laura Brigance, MS, CHC

Laura is a Nutrition Specialist and Certified Health Coach with a Master of Science in Nutrition. Her goal is to help women reduce inflammation, balance blood sugar, and regain natural energy with an Anti-Inflammatory Diet + Lifestyle.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe rating 5 Stars 4 Stars 3 Stars 2 Stars 1 Star

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.