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    Apricot Lentil Soup

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    1 hr

    10 mins

    50 mins

    velorutionista's Note:

    This Armenian soup has been my stand-by cold weather soup for as long as I remember! It's rich and flavorful, sweet (but not too sweet) and tangy; perfect for a cold winter's night. It freezes extremely well, too, and is actually pretty tasty served cold (esp. if you puree it completely). A very versatile dish, and so quick and easy to make!

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    1. 1
      Heat oil in soup pot over medium low heat. Add onion and garlic; saute till onion is just turning translucent and golden.
    2. 2
      Add apricots and cook, stirring constantly (do not let them burn!) till softened and shiny and just beginning to brown, about 4 minutes.
    3. 3
      Add cumin, nutmeg, oregano, and thyme and cook, stirring, a minute or so (until spices are evenly distributed and fragrant).
    4. 4
      Add stock, tomatoes, and lentils; stir till well combined. Bring to a boil, reduce flame and simmer for 40 minutes (till lentils are very tender).
    5. 5
      Just before serving, puree soup (an immersion blender works best). Garnish each serving with a lemon wedge, a dollop of sour cream, and a sprig of thyme, if desired.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on March 20, 2009


    • on May 31, 2008


      uh oh. Wait a minute. I just reviewed this and said it was too tangy and tomatoey, but I had only eaten this cold...but now I'm tasting it warm. And yep, that apricot flavor DID indeed come out. It's a heavy dish, still. Much too heavy for summertime in the Middle East, that's for sure. I'm eating it with corn chips and some cheddar on top. I used fresh apricots and made it mostly in the crockpot, except for my sauteeing (which I did with the garlic and onion). It's not blowing me out of the water, but it does deliver both an apricot and lentil taste (with PLENTY of stewed tomato flavor) for those who want to go that route. Not so sure I will again, but we'll see. A 3.5 star recipe, I'm rounding down because I STILL find the tomato (even while HOT) to be too tangy and distracting.

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    • on February 16, 2008


      Not sure if this worked, I'm still getting used to the new format of Zaar... :) So, if the other rating didn't get posted, here it is again: I tripled this recipe, and I still didn't have enough! My family loved it; it was absolutely wonderful. I have four brothers and the oldest is extremely hard to please. I set his bowl down in front of him, he took a bite and decided he loved it. He had 3 bowls! I was a bit skeptical of the soup when I was pureeing it, but I had no reason to be. Thanks sooo much for this recipe, it has now become a staple in my collection. :D

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    Nutritional Facts for Apricot Lentil Soup

    Serving Size: 1 (163 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 8

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 189.4
    Calories from Fat 24
    Total Fat 2.7 g
    Saturated Fat 0.4 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 218.1 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 33.5 g
    Dietary Fiber 6.0 g
    Sugars 7.4 g
    Protein 10.2 g

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