This is very easy to make and doesn’t take long, so it’s great if you’ve had a long day and just want something hot. It is less heavy than the European lentil soup, and is often served as an appetizer. Goes well with crispy garlic bread. Optional: For extra flavor fry a finely chopped onion until almost golden before adding the other ingredients. The recipe works fine without the onion. This just gives it an extra kick.