Oi Gente!


So, during my first lunch ever in France, at a little bistro downtown Nantes called La Trinquette  I received some pretty upsetting news.  Like, “wtf?!” kind of news.  I’m not going to get into details because I don’t want to get too dramatic.  I mean, I can get as dramatic as the lead of the 9pm Brazilian soap opera.  Except, we shouldn’t go there right now.  Anyway, I’m sat there, trying to assimilate everything, trying not to break any of the furniture around me (so NOT dramatic…).  And then, I had to order my food, in French.  My brain was spinning way too fast for me to make sense of anything, let alone speak a foreign language.  So, soupe du jour, s’il vous plait.

Minutes later this beautiful red lentil soup arrives.  After my first spoonful of the soup I stopped and wrote down on my food journal ‘red lentil soup – chunky, sweet, light smoke, light/medium heat, beautiful orange color, heart fixer, soul hugger’.  For a second I forgot just how crappy those stupid news made me feel.

Red Lentil Soup
Soupe aux Lentilles Corail – La Trinquette’s special of the day December 24th, 2016
La Trinquette is a super simple bar/bistro in downtown Nantes serving food of exceptional quality – their tartines are known to be spectacular! I can confirm and totally recommend!


Crap news aside, I knew right away I wanted to be able to eat some version of this soup for all eternity.  I had to come up with something that made me feel just as wonderful as I felt when I tasted that red lentil soup for the first time.  Which brings us to this post right here.  This is my version of a soul hugging red lentil soup.


La Trinquette is a super simple bar/bistro in downtown Nantes serving food of exceptional quality – their tartines are known to be spectacular!  I can confirm and totally recommend!


Red Lentil Soup for the Heart & Soul

This soup is super simple to make and it is true… it does hug your soul!  Make it by following my recipe, or create your own version of it.  Leave a comment and let me know what you think, or share your pics on IG #CookingWithAline

Bom Apetite!



Red Lentil Soup

Red Lentil Soup (vegan)
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  • 1 Tbsp of coconut oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 large carrots, cut into small cubes
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups of red lentils, rinsed
  • 1 Tbsp of tomato paste
  • 1 15oz can of coconut milk
  • ~4 cups of vegetable broth (if you need more, add more… water ok too)
  • 1 Tbsp of chipotle in adobo sauce (or more if you like it hot!)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 bay leaf


  1. Heat up the coconut oil in a dutch oven or heavy pan
  2. Add the onion and cook for about 3 mins until its translucent
  3. Add the carrots
  4. Add the garlic and cook until it is fragrant, about 2 minutes (do not brown it)
  5. Add lentils, stir
  6. Add tomato paste, stir
  7. Add coconut milk, broth, bay leaf, salt and pepper, and chipotle sauce and stir
  8. Let it come to a gentle boil, and reduce to a simmer
  9. Let it simmer until its done, about 25-40 mins
  10. Bom Apetite!!

2 comments on “Red Lentil Soup”

  1. As most people well know, I am absolutely terrible at cooking, and perhaps the least patient person when it comes to food prep or waiting for things to be ready to eat! This soup is incredibly simple to prepare, only takes about 30 mins to cook (for me, anyway!), and is absolutely delicious. It makes enough for several meals for me, and it's great by itself, or over rice or potatoes. My son (10 years old) loves it as well!

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