I've got this simmering away on the stove right now and it smells delicious! I'm trying so hard not to take a taste - one of my weaknesses. A taste usually turns into a whole serving size bowl before the cooking is done. :(
One other modification was to add some spinach, about half a bag of frozen chopped (about 2 cups). I was going to use a different red lentil soup recipe for today's dinner, one that was almost identical to this one except it had spinach added and used crushed tomatoes instead of fresh, so I figured it would go with this soup, too.