Moroccan Red Lentil Soup

 Moroccan red lentil soup is a warming and comforting lentil soup spiced with turmeric, paprika, cinnamon and coriander.  Budget friendly and on the table in under 30 minutes, this soup is an easy and flavourful plant based weeknight meal.

a bowl of moroccan lentil soup on a table alongside a plate of rolls

Sometimes I forget about how much I love red lentils.  They are quick to cook, inexpensive, and full of plant based protein.

This Moroccan red lentil soup is one of my favourite ways to serve them up. This recipe is a family favourite and I love how it comes together from ingredients we always have on hand. Some dried red lentils, celery, onion, and some spices, cilantro and lemon juice.

This recipe requires minimal preparation and most of the time spent is just simmering the lentils until they are cooked through.  You’re going to want to add this one to your recipe stash because you can never have enough easy soup recipes with few ingredients in your arsenal.

a bowl of moroccan red lentil soup on a table next to a plate of rolls

Have I mentioned just how delicious the whole house smells while it is cooking too?

Leftovers hold up well in the fridge (if there are any), and this soup is also great in the freezer.  Either way you chose to store it you will probably have to add a little bit of water to it when you heat it back up as it does tend to thicken.

How to make Moroccan lentil soup

Start with a large pot heated to medium heat.  Add a bit of olive oil, then the diced celery and onions.

Saute the vegetables for a minute or two until then begin to soften, then add the crushed garlic and spices and give it all a good mix.

a photo collage showing the spices and vegatables being sauteed and the soup being blended

Continue to saute the vegetables with the spices for another minute or two, then add the vegetable stock and red lentils.

Increase the heat to maximum, and bring the pot to a boil then immediately reduce the heat to low.  Cover the pot with a lid and allow the soup to simmer for 15-20 minutes until the lentils have softened.

Using an immersion blender, puree the soup until it has a smooth consistency.

Stir in the chopped cilantro and lemon juice then serve.

a bowl of moroccan red lentil soup next to a plate of rolls


This recipe for easy bean salad is suitable for the following diets:

  • vegan and vegetarian
  • clean eating
  • gluten free, dairy free, nut free and soy free


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Moroccan Red Lentil Soup

A fragrant a flavourful vegan soup of red lentils and warm Moroccan spices
Course Soup
Cuisine Middle Eastern
Keyword Moroccan red lentil soup
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 251kcal
Author Courtney


  • 2 cups red lentils
  • 6 cups vegetable stock or water
  • 1 tbsp cooking oil
  • 2 celery ribs diced
  • 1 large onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1⁄2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1⁄3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • salt & pepper to taste


  • Heat a large pot over medium heat and add the cooking oil.
  • When the oil is hot, add the onion, celery and garlic and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the spices to the pot and stir.
  • Add the stock and red lentils to the pot and cook for 15-20 minutes until the lentils are soft.
  • Using an immersion blender, blend the soup until it has an even consistency.
  • Stir in the lemon juice and chopped cilantro.
  • Serve.


The lemon juice adds a nice brightness to the soup, but it is completely optional and the soup also tastes great without it.

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