Curried Pumpkin Red Lentil SoupThis rich creamy soup is quick to make and healthy, so it’s a great alternative to all the rich holiday foods, yet still feels holiday-ish because of the pumpkin.

The tip here is to make the “sour cream” in the blender, scrape it out, then puree the soup in that same blender so you capture all the creamy goodness without having to clean the blender twice!

Suitable for:
vegan, gluten-free, reduced-sugar diets

Not for:
low-sodium or migraine diets

Curried Pumpkin and Red Lentil Soup

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I have an alderwood smoked salt that is amazing!

Curried Pumpkin and Red Lentil Soup

Curried pumpkin and red lentil soup with vegan sour cream

Spicy and creamy, this curried pumpkin and red lentil soup is super easy.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings

Ingredients
  

Curried pumpkin and red lentil soup

  • 1-1/2 cups lentils red (270 g)
  • 3 cups vegetable stock (low-sodium)
  • 15 ounces pumpkin purée
  • 1-1/2 tsp curry powder mild or medium
  • 1 tsp smoked salt

Vegan sour cream

  • 1/2 cup cashews raw (60 g)
  • 1/2 lemons
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt

Instructions
 

  • Soak the cashews in enough filtered water to completely cover them while you are making the soup.
  • Rinse the lentils after checking them to remove any debris (like small pebbles or bits of dried plants). Drain the lentils, then put them in a soup pot with the vegetable stock, pumpkin, curry powder, and smoked salt. Bring to a boil and cook for 30 minutes, or until the lentils are tender. Turn off the heat.
  • Drain the soaked cashews and put them into your blender with the juice from the lemon half and the salt. Blend, stopping to scrape down the sides as needed. (Use the tamper if you have a Vitamix.) The mixture should end up a very smooth sour cream consistency. If you need to, add a little bit of filtered water to get it to blend.
  • Scrape out the cashew mixture into a storage bowl. DO NOT WASH THE BLENDER.
  • Add the soup mixture to the blender and hold down the lid with a kitchen towel. Gradually bring up the speed on the blender so you don't create too much hot steam. Blend until very smooth.
  • Pour into bowls and add a dollop of the sour cream to each, swirling it in.

Notes

Per serving:
  • 233 calories
  • 5 g fat
  • 1 g saturated fat
  • 2 g monounsaturated fat
  • 1 g polyunsaturated fat
  • 0 g trans fat
  • 0 g cholesterol
  • 625 mg sodium (74 mg sodium with salt omitted)
  • 71 mg potassium
  • 36 g carbohydrate
  • 6 g fiber
  • 4 g sugars
  • 14 g protein
  • 6 Weight Watchers Points Plus