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Red Lentil and Bulgur Soup with Browned Butter and Yogurt

4 Servings

FAST: 50 minutes
Slow: 6¼ to 7¼ hours 15 minutes active

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This rich vegetarian soup gets its pleasantly thick body from red lentils, which soften and break down during cooking. The bulgur, on the other hand, keeps its chewiness while adding nutty notes that complement the lentils’ earthy flavor. Harissa is a North African spiced chili paste; it lends the soup gentle heat and depth of flavor and also adds to its color. Look for harissa in the international aisle of the supermarket or in Middle Eastern grocery stores. The browned butter and lemon-mint yogurt garnishes are flourishes that transform this humble dish into something special. If the browned butter solidifies while the lentils and bulgur cook, simply melt it in the microwave just before use.




Don’t use fine bulgur instead of coarse, as it cooks more quickly and doesn’t have the same nutty, nubby texture.

FAST: 50 minutes
Slow: 6¼ to 7¼ hours

15 minutes active


  • ¾

    cup plain whole-milk yogurt

  • 2

    teaspoons grated lemon zest, plus lemon wedges to serve


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Jon S.
May 15, 2024
Once again, an unctuous spicy red lentil dish kills it. I'll admit to using wheat berries instead of bulgur, but only because they were piling up in the cupboard. Stove-top was absolutely no problem. So good
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Jovanna K.

This was a big hit! So full of flavor. Didn’t have bulgur so I substituted some fregola that I had on hand. Will make often.

George B.

This was absolutely delicious, even as leftovers. The soup alone is good, but the garnishes take it to a whole new level, so don't skip them. It's now on our regular rotation, and I'm about to bring some to a friend this weekend. I was struggling to come up with good vegetarian recipes to make for her that didn't feel like just larger side dishes, and this hits that mark. I have a feeling she'll be buying this book and an Instant Pot the next day.

Anne W.

Great simple soup! Really came together on day 2 as well!!!

Laura H.

I used a Dutch oven rather than an Instant Pot. Took no time at all and is absolutely flavorful and delicious. I agree that the garnishes add a lot, so I encourage everyone to take the time to make/add to the dish. Yum!