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David Rocco’s Tomato and Lentil Soup Recipe Hunts Style!

Tomato Lentil Soup

David Rocco’s Tomato and Lentil Soup Recipe Hunts Style!
Recipe type: Soups
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Serves: 2-4
The tomato harvest season is very short in Canada; you’ve got to grab them while you can! But that doesn’t mean you’re out of luck for the rest of the year. Don’t feel guilty about using canned tomato products – the ones in the can are picked at the peak of freshness, so they are ripe and flavourful. That amazing flavour will come out in your tomato dishes year round.
  • 4 tbsp (56 ml) extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 bunch of fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped
  • 2 fresh chili peppers, chopped
  • 2 cans (14 oz/398 ml) tomatoes, such as Hunt’s Original Diced Tomatoes
  • 1 can (19 oz/540 ml) lentils, drained and rinsed
  • Salt, QB
  • Pepper, QB
  • 2 tbsp of tomato paste, such as Hunt’s Original Tomato Paste
  • Water
  1. In a saucepan, heat olive oil.
  2. Add garlic, parsley and chili peppers and sauté for a few minutes until the garlic has started to turn golden.
  3. Pour in the diced tomatoes with the juice right from the tin.
  4. With the back of a wooden spoon, break up the tomatoes into little chunks. You can decide the consistency.
  5. Then add in the rinsed lentils, salt and pepper.
  6. Add tomato paste, and then add water about ½ an inch above the lentils.
  7. Bring to a boil, then lower to medium heat and cook for 20 minutes until the soup has thickened.

I have to admit, although I am a soup lover, I was unsure what I would think of this Tomato Lentil Soup. Since I love tomatoes and have grown up using canned tomatoes I decided to give this recipe a try. I gathered up the ingredients from the recipe provided by Hunts and was ready for the challenge.

Tomato Lentil Soup

There were not many ingredients, so the prep time was minimal. I wondered what the flavor would be like without adding any meat.
Tomato Lentil Soup

As the soup began to simmer, I could already tell that it must have flavor since the aroma began to fill the house.
Tomato Lentil Soup

I could hardly believe that I could have a homemade soup ready to eat in 20 minutes. My husband and I really enjoyed this steaming soup on the frigid cold day.

Hunt’s  Tommalier Tip:

It’s a tradition to make tomato lentil soup with sausage on New Year’s Day as it is supposed to bring good luck for the year ahead.  For a heartier version that does not betray the soup’s cucina povera roots, break up some sausage and let it slightly brown, just before you add in the tomatoes.

Trevor and I decided that we will make this soup again, we both want to try it with the sausage for a heartier option that would be great for dinner with fresh baked bannock!

Tomato Lentil Soup

From seed to plate, Hunt’s passion is unwavering to ensure only the best and freshest tomatoes can be called Hunt’s tomatoes.

Hunt’s tomatoes are picked at the peak of ripeness.  Each year, Hunt’s farmers grow 55 different tomato varieties, so the Hunt’s tomato experts can choose the ideal varieties based on criteria such as sweetness, texture, and flavour profile.  Waiting until tomatoes are at the peak of ripeness ensures superior quality and the true tomato flavours that make meals come alive.




  1. beautiful pictures Jody, it looks very inviting. I agree, that sausage would be a great addition, I love meat in my soups!

  2. I don’t understand why people would add meat to a lentil soup, making something so healthy for you and adding sausage or bacon make’s my stomach churn. Lentil soup is amazing for clean eating. The recipe looks fantastic, although I would prefer dried lentils instead of the canned variety, which again I cannot comprehend. Lentils don’t even take that long to cook, especially Red ones. But I think it’s funny, I was totally going to make lentil soup tonight for dinner. I will most definitely be trying this.

    • Made the soup last night with a few exceptions – I used dried lentils, not canned; I didn’t use chili’s as I did not have them on hand; I didn’t use anything Hunt’s; I excepted the Tomato paste, used only 1 can of Diced Tomatoes; I added 2 carrots and 2 celery stalks into the mix as well as chopped spinach at the end; I also added about half a cup of Red Wine. It’s great to see a recipe that you like, and make it your own. =)

  3. I am not a fan of tomato’s but I know my husband would love this!!

  4. Wow, that look delicious!

  5. This looks delicious. Beautiful pictures!

  6. This looks great, your photos are fantastic.

  7. That looks so appetizing!

  8. Ohhhh Jody this looks so so good. The pics are making me hungry! LOL :) We also love Hunt’s and I use it for my spaghetti sauce.

  9. Yours looks so good! There really is nothing better than soup when it’s cold! Angie xo

  10. This looks great. My husband and I would eat this. Our kids can’t have lentils, but the thought about sausage has given me an idea to change it up a bit to make it without the lentils and maybe use the sausage with something else to make it hearty. Your pictures are fabulous – making me hungry. (and ps. thanks for linking up with the healthy living link – that’s how I found this and I’m glad I did!)

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