I love this soup. I tried it from Pick Up Limes, a website that shares recipes for vegans. The recipes are dairy free and meat free. I add cheese and sour cream because I think it tastes better, but this soup is good on its own. Anyway, when we had company last month, little Charlie love this soup. He is only 1 year old, but he really loved it. I am not a lentil-friendly person, but these red lentils are easy to eat. So much better in my mind than eating brown lentils. It is an inexpensive, yet flavorful soup. So, for those on a tight budget, it is a great recipe to make and it tastes good!