Smokey Red Pepper & Lentil Soup

Its cold and wet outside, but thankfully I’m all cosy sitting on the sofa and as its Sunday and I’ve spent the morning cooking (surely one of the nicest Sunday activities).

I’ve roasted all the slightly older veg in the fridge, made dips and this; lovely warming smokey red pepper and lentil soup.

Its a great way to use up peppers – just roast until sweet. The perfect base for a soup, to which I added red lentils as I always have a huge jar full. And then added a touch of indulgence with some creamy coconut milk. I hope you enjoy…

Much love, Niki xxx

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  2-4 servings
  10 minutes preparation time
  35 minutes cook time


  • 3 red peppers chopped roughly 
  • 1 tbsp olive oil 
  • Big punch sea salt 
  • Black pepper 
  • 2 red onions chopped 
  • 2 tbsp olive oil 
  • 3 cloves garlic sliced 
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds 
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika 
  • 200g red lentils rinced 
  • 1 litre veg stock
  • 2 tbsp tomato purée 
  • 1 tbsp rose harissa or 1 tsp harissa paste 
  • 250ml coconut milk 
  • 1/2- 1 tsp sea salt 
  • Black pepper 
  • Toppings 
  • Coriander 
  • Coconut yogurt or cream 
  • Toasted Seeds 


To roast the pepper 
  1. Pre heat your oven to 180c
  2. Firstly roast the pepper by adding them along with the olive, salt and pepper. 
  3. Roast for 15-20 or until soft and slightly charred. 
  4. Set aside and chop quite finely when cool enough 
To make the soup;
  1. In a large pan fry onions with the oil into soft and slightly browning. 
  2. Add garlic and fry for a further minute then add in the cumin & paprika. 
  3. Now add the lentils, stock, tomato purée and harissa.
  4. Simmer for 10 minutes then add in the roast peppers and coconut milk, simmer for a further 10 minutes. Season well.
  5. Drizzle with coconut yogurt or cream, and top with coriander and toasted seeds. 

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  1. Denise bain on November 6, 2021 at 2:57 pm

    Hi, I really want to make this soup but was wondering if I could use bottled roasted red pepper?

    • Niki on August 4, 2022 at 7:14 pm

      Yes you can xx

  2. Dees Wilgehof-Sodaar on July 19, 2021 at 5:42 pm

    Oh my goodness! This was delicious. Definitely a keeper in my family. Super easy and so much flavour picked in a bowl. I am a huge fan of your recipes, because they all add up. Everything is right. Thanks for sharing your ideas and skills.

  3. Caroline on February 11, 2021 at 12:23 pm

    We loved this, thank you!

    • Niki on August 4, 2022 at 6:37 pm

      Very happy you liked!
      Much love, Niki xxx

  4. Anoushka Rodgers on December 13, 2020 at 4:16 pm

    I am so grateful to you and this soup, my daughter has a lot of health problems and is a very fussy eater, soup has always been a no no. But I made this and I was amazed… She loved it, so much so she often asks for it. But it has also led to her now trying other soups and enjoying them also so thank you. And obviously we love it so it’s a bonus all round.

    • Niki on December 16, 2020 at 9:32 am

      Thats so wonderful to hear! x
      Much love, Niki xx

  5. Sophie on July 8, 2020 at 10:48 am

    So delicious!!! Used parsley & pumpkin seeds, absolutely delicious 🙂

    • Niki on July 8, 2020 at 1:39 pm

      Hi Sophie
      Fantastic! sounds great
      Nikix xx

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  8. Kerry on March 6, 2020 at 4:48 pm

    Can you leave the coconut milk out?

    • Niki on March 7, 2020 at 12:39 pm

      Hi Kerry
      Yes you can, you can use water, stock or plant based milk.

  9. Jeffrey on February 6, 2020 at 11:23 am

    What kind of pepper are you using?

    • Niki on February 6, 2020 at 12:45 pm

      Hi Jeffrey
      I used red peppers – but you can use yellow or orange.
      My best
      Niki x

    • Julie on November 8, 2020 at 10:09 am

      Can you reheat this soup?

      • Niki on November 11, 2020 at 8:07 am

        Hi Julie
        Yes of course
        Much love, Niki xx

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