Hungarian red lentil soup | The Vegan 8

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This dairy-free Hungarian red lentil soup from The Vegan 8 cookbook has minimal ingredients but lots of deep flavors: it gets a hit of protein from hearty red lentils, while the Hungarian paprika, dry mustard, and tomato paste give an extra boost of flavor to every spoonful.
And best of all, it’s quick and easy to prepare.

Hungarian red lentil soup

Hello my beautiful friends!
Today I’m excited to present you a delicious recipe from Brandi Doming‘s new cookbook that gets released today! Yay!
If you don’t know Brandi already, she’s the wonderful creator of the blog, where she shares delicious and easy Vegan recipes that require 8 ingredients or less. Her mouth-watering Vegan recipes are proof that you don’t need to spend hours locked away in your kitchen with many costly ingredients to cook yummy meals for your family and loved ones.

Brandi became Vegan for health reasons, and her plant-based diet reversed severe health conditions for both her and her husband all while eating delicious, healthy foods.
The simplified, wholesome, family-friendly recipes she was cooking for her family became a popular blog which gained much attention.

⇻⇻ Read: Why Vegan?

I’ve been a fan of Brandi for many years now, and her philosophy is just like mine: cooking should be a pleasure and it shouldn’t be complicated.
So when I first heard that she was releasing her own cookbook, I jumped at the opportunity to be part of her virtual book tour, together with a few other lucky bloggers.

Brandi’s The Vegan 8: 100 Simple, Delicious Recipes Made With 8 Ingredients or Less is jam-packed with such amazing recipes and gorgeous photos that will just make you want to cook all the dishes in the book, and I mean ALL of them, especially when you see such short ingredient lists!

It comes in both Paperback and Kindle versions and I obviously recommend you get if you want to explore 100 satisfying, comforting meals from breakfast to dessert that your family – even non-vegans – will love. Each recipe has its own nutrition stats, they are all oil-free, gluten-free (except 2) and measurements  are given in both cups and weight/grams.

To introduce you to her style of simple yet delicious, hearty, home-cooked dishes, today I’ll be sharing with you the soup that has now become our favorite: the Hungarian Red Lentil Soup from page 155 of her book: just a few simple ingredients that come together beautifully in the perfect comfort food dish for this fall & winter months.

Have I awakened your curiosity? Then read on ;-)

Hungarian red lentil soup

Hungarian red lentil soup

The book is divided in 10 chapters:

  • ❥Kitchen Pantry
  • ❥Breakfast
  • ❥Appetizers & Dips
  • ❥Time-Crunch Lunches
  • ❥Sauces and Dressings
  • ❥Easy Entrees
  • ❥Comforting Soups & Stews
  • ❥Scrumptious Snacks & Sides
  • ❥Crowd-Pleasing Desserts
  • ❥Vegan 8 Staples

and today’s stunning Hungarian Red Lentil Soup obviously comes from the Comforting Soups & Stews‘ chapter :)

Hungarian red lentil soup

Hungarian red lentil soup

The star of this soup are the red lentils and the Hungarian sweet paprika, which impart a unique flavor to the dish.  But to tell the truth, when a recipe has such few, clean ingredients, each one has been carefully selected to play a main role in the dish.

My love story with Hungarian paprika started when we visited Budapest: until that trip, I didn’t really know how Hungarian paprika differed from “sweet paprika” – the Hungarian variety has a rich but delicate flavor that enriches every dish. It’s not meant to add pungency to your recipes, but rather a mild, “round” aftertaste. I truly love it, it must be one of my favorite spices. What is yours?

Well, I think it’s time to dive into the recipe, after all I’m sure that’s why you’re here.

This recipe is from The Vegan 8: 100 Simple, Delicious Recipes Made With 8 Ingredients or Less. Reprinted with permission from Oxmoor House, copyright 2018, Brandi Doming.

Hungarian red lentil soup

Hungarian red lentil soup

Author: Brandi Doming / The Vegan 8 - This amazing Soup from The Vegan 8 cookbook is proof that dinner doesn’t have to take forever. This recipe comes together fast, thanks to red lentils and a few other easy ingredients. The Hungarian paprika, dry mustard, and tomato paste give this simple dish a wonderful depth of flavor.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 23 minutes
Total Time 38 minutes
Course Soups
Servings 5 servings


  • 1 cup yellow onion diced
  • 3 carrots cut into 1⁄4-inch-thick slices
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 cup dry red lentils rinsed well with cold water
  • 6 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp Hungarian sweet paprika
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • 1 1⁄2 tsp fine salt
  • 1⁄4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 cup canned “lite” coconut milk well shaken


  • Add the onion, carrots, garlic, and 1 cup (240g) water to a medium pot over medium heat. Bring to a simmer, and cook for 8 minutes, stirring a couple of times during, or until the veggies are tender but not overly so. Remove the pan from the heat, and add the lentils, 2 1⁄2 cups (600g) water, tomato paste, paprika, dry mustard, salt, and pepper. Stir well, and bring to a boil over high heat. Cover, reduce the heat to low, and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Add the milk, and increase the heat to medium-low; cook 5 to 10 minutes or until the lentils are tender yet still firm, and the soup thickens some. Stir often, and do not overcook, as you don’t want the lentils to become mushy. Taste and add more salt, if desired. Serve immediately.


Make sure the paprika you are using is not hot paprika. For the milk, it is important to use a creamy milk like cashew or “lite” coconut milk here for best results. The “lite” coconut milk is very creamy but yields no coconut taste. Almond and rice milks don’t do well, and definitely don’t use full-fat coconut, as it is too rich and thick and will ruin the flavor.
Nutrition per serving: 223 calories | 4.6g fat | 12g protein | 37.3g carbs | 7.9g fiber |  5.9g sugar | 878mg sodium


» Get Brandi’s cookbook on Amazon: The Vegan 8: 100 Simple, Delicious Recipes Made With 8 Ingredients or Less «

Did you enjoy this recipe? Then don’t hesitate to go visit the The Vegan 8 website to discover how all your favorite comfort foods can be made with 8 ingredients or less and be gluten-free, oil-free, soy-free, dairy-free, and free from other common allergens, directly from Brandi ♥

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Hungarian red lentil soup

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  1. Reply

    My mother is hungarian, and she often makes this soup. I have to admit, hers doesn’t look as good as yours. I will have to show her your recipe :)

  2. Reply

    Thank you so much Francesca for this amazing review! You are so kind! I really appreciate it!

  3. Reply

    Love lentils – will definitely be trying this in the near future. Sounds amazing

    1. Reply

      thank you lovely! Let me know how you like it, if you get around making this soup ♥

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