Spicy Turkish Red Lentil Soup

When you are looking for a hearty, plant-based soup, this spicy red lentil soup is for you!

Let’s talk about this spicy Turkish red lentil soup. Not only is this a simple soup to make, but it is just so tasty. As per usual, Bruce made enough for dinner, and extra for lunch during the week. Total boss move! This soup is dairy and meat free, and so tasty. We love serving it with grilled bread or pita, drizzled with a little extra of the Aleppo pepper oil!



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red lentil soup with parsley, grilled sourdough and toasted Aleppo pepper olive oil.

Spicy Turkish Red Lentil Soup


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Ingredients for Spicy Red Lentil Soup:


  • Large sweet onion diced small
  • 1 jalapeno pepper seeded and diced
  • 1 poblano pepper seeded and diced
  • 5 cloves garlic shredded
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon Better than Bouillon vegetable stock
  • 1 teaspoon Better than Bouillon garlic stock
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 2 tbls paprika
  • 1 tbls cumin
  • 1 tbla ancho chili powder
  • 2 cups red lentils
  • 1/2 cup rice
  • 9 cups water
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons Aleppo pepper


Instructions for Spicy Red Lentil Soup:

Heat 2 tablespoons canola oil in a 7-quart pot. Toss in onions and cook until just starting to brown. Add poblano and jalapeno. Cook for 1 minute. Add in garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Add in tomato paste, better than bouillon and cook for 30 seconds. Pour in white wine and simmer for 2 minutes. Add in lentils, rice spices and water. Bring to a simmer, cover and cook for 25 minutes.

Heat the olive oil in a pan it starts to smoke. Remove from heat and add aleppo pepper. Swirl the pan or stir with a wooden spoon. Oil will turn a slight reddish color. Remove oil from the pan and allow to cool.

Serve soup in a bowl and drizzle with the pepper oil.









This goes great with grilled bread or pita.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Category: soup
  • Method: stove
  • Cuisine: middle eastern

Keywords: vegan, red lentil, Aleppo pepper, olive oil, soup, vegetarian

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Dina and Bruce at the Golden Gate Bridge

Hi, we are Bruce and Dina Miller. We love to cook every night. We enjoy making a few healthy dishes, and also comfort food. We love crafting cocktails too! Come take a look, we would love to share our recipes with you.


  1. Elaine

    We love lentils and spice, great soup Bruce!

    • Dina and Bruce at the Golden Gate Bridge

      Bruce and Dina Miller


      The Aleppo pepper oil that he makes to go on top is insane! I know you and James will love it!

      Thank you! Stay warm, friends,

      Dina and Bruce

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