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    Lebanese Spinach and Lentil Soup

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    1 hrs 15 mins

    30 mins

    45 mins

    AmyZoe's Note:

    This has fantastic flavor--absolutely love this. Feel free to substitute fresh chard for the spinach or mint for the cilantro. Serve with tzatziki and bread and/or a tomato salad. I used fresh spinach and doubled the recipe. Recipe courtesy of Spilling the Beans.

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    1. 1
      In a large saucepan set over low-moderate heat, saute the onion in a drizzle of oil with a pinch of salt until transparent and starting to brown, 4 to 7 minutes.
    2. 2
      Add the garlic and cook for 1 more minute.
    3. 3
      Add the water, stock, lentils, and spices, and bring to a simmer.
    4. 4
      Cook, covered, until the lentils are tender, 30 to 40 minutes.
    5. 5
      In the meantime, drain the spinach in a colander and squeeze by handfuls to remove as much liquid as possible.
    6. 6
      In a large skillet, saute the spinach in batches with a drizzle of olive oil and a pinch of salt until cooked and almost crisp.
    7. 7
      Transfer the cooked spinach to a plate and set aside.
    8. 8
      Once the lentils are tender, add the vermicilli pieces and cook until the pasta is nearly tender, about 4 to 6 minutes.
    9. 9
      Add the sauteed spinach and juice of half a lemon to the pot, stir well, and add salt and pepper.
    10. 10
      Add more lemon if you like, or pass around wedges at the table.
    11. 11
      Ladle into bowls and top with cilantro.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on September 15, 2014


      This is a delicious and hearty lentil soup -- loved the addition of the vermicelli and of course, the spinach. Definitely a keeper. I served this with a chickpea, tomato, cucumber and feta salad. Next time I might add a bit more cumin to the soup and possibly a little heat (just my preference). Will definitely make this soup again. : )

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    Nutritional Facts for Lebanese Spinach and Lentil Soup

    Serving Size: 1 (615 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 384.3
    Calories from Fat 40
    Total Fat 4.4 g
    Saturated Fat 0.9 g
    Cholesterol 7.2 mg
    Sodium 414.9 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 62.4 g
    Dietary Fiber 18.8 g
    Sugars 7.6 g
    Protein 24.9 g

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