VeganMoFo: Roasted Tomato and Red Lentil Soup with Pepita Gremolata

SoupAnother one of my favorite vegan-friendly restaurants in Salt Lake City is Mazza Cafe.  It’s also another great place for vegans and non-vegans to sit down together for some seriously good eats.  I’ve never been disappointed.  One of my favorites on the menu is their roasted tomato and red lentil soup.  It’s rich and dark and warmly-spiced.  I have no idea how they make it, but here’s my take on it.  Mine is also rich, dark and warmly-spiced.  They serve theirs unadorned, but I thought it would be pretty with a little green on top, so I modified the classic gremolata with crunchy pepitas.

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Roasted Tomato and Red Lentil Soup with Pepita Gremolata
Serves 6
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191 calories
35 g
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2 g
12 g
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430 g
300 g
7 g
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1 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 191
Calories from Fat 16
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2g
Saturated Fat 0g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 300mg
Total Carbohydrates 35g
Dietary Fiber 8g
Sugars 7g
Protein 12g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 1 1/2-2 pounds Roma tomatoes, cut into two
  2. 1 large onion, peeled and sliced
  3. 8 cloves garlic, peeled (leave the cloves whole)
  4. splash of vegetable broth or water and Bragg Liquid Aminos
  5. ground black pepper, to taste
  6. garlic powder, to taste
  7. 1 cup red lentils
  8. 1 carrots, diced
  9. 2 stalks celery, diced
  10. 2 cloves, minced
  11. 1 tbsp. soy sauce
  12. 1 tbsp. white miso
  13. 1 tbsp. tomato paste
  14. 1 tsp. cumin
  15. 1/2 tsp. chile powder
  16. 1/2 tsp. coriander
  17. ground black pepper, to taste
  18. ~ 4 cups water
  1. big handful of parsley
  2. 2 cloves garlic
  3. 1/4 cup pepitas (shelled pumpkin seeds)
  4. zest of one lemon
Make the soup
  1. Preheat the oven to 425-degrees F. In a deep-sided baking dish, toss the tomatoes, onions and garlic with the vegetable broth/water and Liquid Aminos. Sprinkle with black pepper and garlic powder. Roast, stirring occasionally, until the tomatoes, onions and garlic are very soft and beginning to brown, 20-25 minutes. Set aside to cool slightly.
  2. When mixture has cooled for a bit, process in a blender until very smooth. Set aside.
  3. In a medium-sized saucepan, saute the carrots, onion, celery and garlic in a little bit of water. Cook for about 8-10 minutes or until they begin to soften. Stir in the soy sauce, miso, tomato paste and spices. Add the lentils and 3 cups of the water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until lentils are extremely tender and most of the liquid is absorbed. If beans are still firm, add liquid and continue to cook. Set aside to cool slightly.
  4. When lentils have cooled for a bit, process in a blender until very smooth. Now combine the tomato and lentil mixtures in a big soup pot. Add water to reach desired consistency. Gently warm soup, divide among bowls and top with gremolata.
Make the gremolata
  1. In a food prep or processor, combine the pepitas, garlic, parsley and lemon zest. Process until chunky.
an unrefined vegan

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Gremolata Ingredients


42 thoughts on “VeganMoFo: Roasted Tomato and Red Lentil Soup with Pepita Gremolata

  1. GiGi

    Don’t know what the restaurant’s soup tastes like but I’m sure your rich soup gave them a run for their money. Great gremolata too.

      1. Somer

        Totally making that soup soon. Stinking MOFO, it’s keeping me from getting to the things I want to in my kitchen…

  2. morgancreations

    We all want to come and live with her!!! Yum! I think I’m going to try this one since my husband could eat lentil soup every week. I’m starving!

  3. thecrueltyfreereview

    I love tomato soup and this looks absolutely gorgeous. I really like the gremolata on top; adds a nice bit of texture. And the lentils add a heartiness that most tomato soups lack. Now I can’t wait for the next cold front to move in so I can make this!

    1. An Unrefined Vegan

      That’s what interested me – the lentils! They mellow out the tomato and add a nice thickness. C’mon, cold front ;-)!

  4. Richgail Enriquez

    I have tomatoes and lentils and most of the ingredients handy. Awesome! Dinner solved. Making this tonight.

  5. Shira

    This looks and sounds rich, soothing and so tasty Annie! Would be perfect with a big warm hunk of bread 🙂 This is right up my alley when it comes to soup…YUM!

    1. An Unrefined Vegan

      Shira, your bread would be perfect w/ this! And I’m wondering if that recipe might be the answer to my high-altitude bread baking woes. At sea level, I’m fine, but since being in Utah, my bread has – well – sucked!

  6. * Vegan Sparkles *

    You know, I have never made tomato soup from scratch but this has inspired me. The roasting tomatoes look amazing and I love your fresh herb topping to really bring out all the flavours.

  7. Sophie33

    A grand & well-flavoured soup that I love! 🙂 I love your special created gremolata! It adds tons of flavour to this beautiful appetizing soup!

  8. Courtney

    Oh my goodness, this sounds fantastic! Do you think it would work with whole peeled canned tomatoes rather than fresh? I can’t wait to try it, but the romas around here leave a lot to be desired…although maybe the roasting would help?


    1. An Unrefined Vegan

      Courtney, I think that the canned would work, too. On the other hand – something good happens to not-so-good tomatoes when you roast them, so I’d try the fresh romas first.

  9. annesturetucker

    Wow this looks so absolutely delicious, wish I could stick a spoon in there and try it, right now 🙂
    Love gremolata too – what a perfect dish Annie!

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