Red Lentil Soup with Tomatoes, Herbs & Roasted Garlic

This is one of our favourite soups that we often make in our house to be served hot with crunchy bread on a side or cold (with croutons) during hot days.

It is also great quick and healthy lunch recipe that can be prepared in advance.

healthy lunch recipe to prepare in advance


  • 2.5 l boiling water
  • 500 g dry red split lentils
  • 2 x 400 g tins chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tbs mixed Italian herbs or ½ tsp of each: oregano, basil, thyme, rosemary, marjoram and parsley
  • 4 vegetable cubes (10 g each)
  • thick cream / olive oil to taste
  • 2 – 3 whole garlic heads
  • chilli flakes – to taste
  • sea salt – to taste


  1. Combine water, red lentils, chopped tomatoes, herbs and cubes and cook over medium fire for about 30 – 40 minutes.
  2. In meantime roast the garlic: cut of tops of the garlic heads or half the heads across (similar to this recipe here), bake in the oven preheated to 200°C (392°F) until soft and browned.
  3. Use fork to remove roasted garlic cloves from the shells, add them to the soup as well and cook some more.
  4. Turn of the fire, season the soup to taste with salt, cream or olive oil and optionally chilli flakes.
  5. Serve while still hot with some crunchy bread on a side or in smaller portions, cooled down, gazpacho style with some croutons.

Makes 6 generous dinner size portions or 12 smaller portions. 


Prepare soup in advance and share into fridge or freezer containers for fast and healthy lunches.

Roasted garlic can be substituted with some smoke powder and garlic granules or skipped altogether.


If you are looking for more split lentil recipes, take a look at Chunky Red Lentil & Tomato Soup with CarrotsCream of Red Lentils & Mint30 Minute Yellow Lentil & Roasted Pepper Soup30 Minute Cream of Carrots & Red Lentils with Pea PuffsRed Lentils with Onions & Basmati RiceSpicy Red Lentil, Curry & Coriander Sauce for Rice or Barley Stew with Smoked Garlic, Mushrooms & Lemon Thyme.

Homemade croutons recipes and other delicious soup accompaniments: Herbed CroutonsQuick & Easy Crisp Baguette Croutons with CheeseCrunchy Semolina BreadTomato & Garlic Plaited Bread SticksCheese & Onion Muffins and Pea Puffs.

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