Impromptu Soup on the Fly (Shortcut Tomato, Roasted Red Pepper and Lentil Soup)

by Dorothy Reinhold on January 11, 2012

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My neighbor has returned from a scary hospital stay, and needs soup to help her restore her energy.

Trader Joe's Tomato and Roasted Red Pepper Soup packageDiced tomatoes in juiceI gave her a tureen of Sweet Tomato Basil Bisque, which she adored, but it is time for another batch of something.

Out of time today, I relied on a few shortcuts to get me to a very nice, hearty, healthy pot of goodness.

Sure, I could have just given her the box of soup from the store, but I really wanted it to be heartier, and more like a dinner soup than an appetizer soup, so lentils added protein, additional tomatoes amped up the veggies and texture, fresh rosemary deepened the flavor Melissa's Steamed LentilsSavory Choice Chicken Broth Concentratelayers, and some additional chicken broth stretched it to serve my family of 4, plus 2 more bowls for my neighbor and her husband.

May she return to vigor quickly!

Put all of these in a pot!

Shortcut Tomato Roasted Red Pepper Lentil Soup

Everything goes into the pot!

Fresh rosemary from the garden

Don't forget the sprig of fresh rosemary!

Recipe: Shortcut Tomato, Red Pepper and Lentil Soup

Summary: Hearty, healthy and weeknight-worthy, this fast Tomato, Roasted Red Pepper and Lentil soup gets the job done with a few handy shortcuts.


  • 1 (32-ounce) carton Tomato & Roasted Red Pepper Soup (Trader Joe’s brand)
  • 1 (14-ounce) can diced tomatoes in own juice
  • 1 (17.63-ounce) package steamed ready-to-eat lentils (Melissa’s brand)
  • 1 sleeve liquid chicken broth concentrate (Savory Choice brand)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 4-inch sprig fresh rosemary
  • Pinch kosher salt


  1. Add all ingredients to a soup pot. Bring to a boil, turn heat down to low, cover and simmer soup for 30 minutes. Stir once or twice if you think of it.
  2. Remove and discard rosemary sprig and serve.
  3. Serves 6.

Quick notes

You may use whatever brands you like. I am suggesting these because I know they are high quality, and work well. Suit yourself!


Add chopped, cooked chicken and some baby potatoes to make it even heartier, if you like.

Preparation time: 5 minute(s)
Cooking time: 30 minute(s)
Number of servings (yield): 6
Culinary tradition: USA (General)

Shortcut Tomato, Roasted Red Pepper and Lentil Soup


{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Cara December 2, 2013 at 6:09 pm

I’m so happy I found this recipe! I’m a fan of things that can be thrown together and taste amazing without having to marinate together overnight.

I made this tonight and pretty much threw in everything but the kitchen sink! I find comments REALLY helpful when people list ingredients/modifications so I made this with: everything noted in the ingredients list plus:
– lots of garlic and yellow onion sauteed with a couple of swigs of chipotle flavored olive oil
– cubed ham leftover from thanksgiving
– cut green beans leftover from thanksgiving (previously had lemon zest and red pepper flakes on them from my MIL)
– diced yellow baby potatoes (which I nuked before adding in)

I feel like you could honestly add anything into this soup and the tomato-pepper base will still shine through. A dash of heat at the end is a must!

Thanks so much! This is going to go into my winter soup rotation!


Dorothy Reinhold December 2, 2013 at 8:13 pm

I love every one of your suggested additions. This is a GREAT kitchen sink soup!


EBeth November 17, 2013 at 8:27 pm

Made this for the high school theater cast today. Delicious and hearty! I used cans of roasted tomatoes with green peppers, and added some sautéed onion and garlic (pureed with some of the broth in the blender).


Dorothy Reinhold November 18, 2013 at 6:00 am



Rituparna January 11, 2012 at 11:32 pm

Ah ! Nothing better than a warm soup that comforts the body & soul on a cold winter day. And even better when it can be made so easily.


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