My Favorite Red Lentil Soup

My Favorite Red Lentil Soup Recipe // Dula Notes

If you’re experiencing warm weather right now, soup might be the furthest thing from your mind. After a few beautiful days, the temperatures have dipped low in Michigan. I type this as I wear a wool blazer that I didn’t think I’d see again until fall.

We visited the west side of Michigan over the weekend and I hadn’t packed properly at all. I checked the weather report and packed some long-sleeved options, but nothing I brought was heavy enough for temperatures that dipped 20 degrees below the forecast. I’m incredibly glad I grabbed a light coat as I headed out the door. No matter, though, as we met up with our little brother/sister gang. Marc has one brother and one sister. My brother married Marc’s sister and then Matt found Meg and our little group of six has a blast every time we get together. A couple of years ago, we decided to forgo Christmas gifts to each other in favor of an evening (or in this case a weekend) where we eat well and do something fun together. The weekend also landed on Mother’s day and I was able to spend the weekend with my Mom and deliver cookies to her in person.

The weekend also happened to be the last weekend of Tulip Time. A festival that takes place each year in Holland, Michigan. Thousands of tulips planted all over the city bloom along the streets downtown. High schoolers and alumni dress in authentic Dutch dress and dance in their wooden shoes. Three parades take over the downtown area on the Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday of the last week of Tulip Time. As kids we loved the parades because we had two days off of school. We hoped for rain, so a parade would be rescheduled for Friday and then we’d get three days off that week. We usually avoid the madness these days, but we found lots to do. We also took a quick trip to the beach to look out over lake Michigan. That view will never get old.

My Favorite Red Lentil Soup Recipe // Dula Notes

I shivered for most of the weekend and as soon as we arrive home I grabbed my coziest sweatshirt. Thankfully this easy and inexpensive soup will warm us right up. I usually have all I need to make this red lentil soup when a soup emergency arises. That and the incredible flavor make this a favorite. If you have red lentils, canned tomatoes, garlic, onions, a lemon and a variety of spices, you’re good to go.  I always make the full batch and we heat up leftovers for lunch during the week. It may not be warm outside, but we have soup.

Tulip Time Holland, Michigan // Dula Notes

Tulip Time Holland, Michigan // Dula Notes

Tulip Time Holland, Michigan // Dula Notes

Tulip Time Holland, Michigan // Dula Notes

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  1. Yum! The weather has dipped here this week too. Grey skies, rain, and a bit chilly – perfect soup weather! I think I’ve made this soup before and its a good one – I agree about blending the soup too.

    And wow, that is a lovely view!

    • I was thinking about you this weekend because I picked up another gold box full of krakelingen cookies 🙂 You’ll have to add west or north Michigan to a future roadtrip for some beautiful lake views!

  2. I love lentil soup! And this looks perfect. And that’s a shame it was so cold for the tulip festival! I used to go to that when I was a kid. I lived over by Grand Rapids (in tiny town called Moline) until 4th grade!

    • I didn’t know you were from the west side, Megan! You probably remember how many rainy Tulip Times there were, but this one was particularly cold. But we did eat well and see some pretty tulips 🙂

  3. Tulip Time was BEAUTIFUL all week until the weekend…right when my sister got into town as well…bummer. We froze our butts off at Saturday’s parade, while just days ago at Wednesday’s parade I was sweating in a tank top and shorts….that’s Michigan for you.

    I have a large amount of yellow lentils to use up. Could I substitute yellow for the red? Or is there a reason to use red? I am new to lentils. 😉

    • Yes, ha, we should be used to Michigan weather by now, right? But it never ceases to surprise me. I do think you can substitute yellow lentils for red. I don’t think I’ve used yellow lentils before, but I think the important thing is that the green (French) lentils or brown lentils do not break down as much as the red or yellow and would not work well in this application. I do believe the yellow lentils break down in the same way as red after a little online research 🙂 Thanks for stopping by, Kelly!

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