This Will Pump Up the Heat!

Assemblyman Joseph Lentol’s Red Lentil Pumpkin Soup

Serves 4
Takes about 30 minutes to make

Pump Lentil Soup bowl 001


2 teaspoons canola oil
1 cup chopped onion
1 teaspoon minced garlic

3½ cups vegetable broth (divided: 3 cups & 1/2 cup)
1 cup dried small red lentils
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper

1 cup water
3/4 cup canned pumpkin
1 tablespoon grated peeled fresh ginger
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
3 tablespoons plain low-fat yogurt

1/4 cup unsalted pumpkin seeds, toasted
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro



  1. Heat large Dutch oven over medium-high heat; add oil to pan; swirl to coat.
  2. Add onion and garlic to pan; sauté 4 minutes.
  3. Stir in 3 cups broth, lentils, cumin, salt, cinnamon, red pepper; bring to a boil.
  4. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes or until lentils are tender.
  5. Turn off heat, place the lentil mixture in a blender* or use immersion blender. Blend until smooth.
    *(If using blender remove center piece of blender lid to allow steam to escape; secure blender lid on blender. Place a clean towel over opening in blender lid to avoid splatters. Return lentil mixture to pan.)
    Return heat to medium.
  6. Add remaining 1/2 cup broth, 1 cup water, and pumpkin to pan; cook 3 minutes or until thoroughly heated.
  7. Stir in ginger and lemon juice.

Serves 4 (1½ cup servings)  top each serving with about 2 teaspoons yogurt, 1 tablespoon pumpkin seeds, and 1 tablespoon cilantro.

Author: The Greenline

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