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Red Lentil and Apricot Soup Recipe

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 Servings


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • cup dried apricots chopped
  • cup dried split red lentils rinsed
  • 5 cups chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 3 ripe plum tomatoes peeled, seeded and chopped
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Chop the garlic & onions.
  • Rinse the red lentils being sure to remove any small pebbles.
  • Peel, seed & chop the plum tomatoes.
    You are ready to start cooking this wonderful soup.
  • In a large soup pot, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, and dried apricots. Sauté until the onion is translucent, about 12 minutes.
  • Add the lentils to the chicken stock. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer, covered, until the lentils are tender, about 30 minutes.
  • Stir in tomatoes, cumin, thyme, and salt and pepper. Simmer, covered for another 10 minutes.
  • Remove half the soup and puree it in a food processor or blender.
  • Return the puree to the pot and season with the lemon juice and salt and pepper to taste.
  • Simmer for another 2 to three minutes and serve.