Arabic Lentil Soup

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READY IN: 1hr 15mins
SERVES: 8
YIELD: 8 cups
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • Rinse lentils well.
  • Saute onions, carrots, potatoes, & celery in large pot, Cook until veggies are soft and aromatic.
  • Add water, chicken (or veg) stock, bay leaf, and lentils to veggies. Add vegetable soup if using. Bring to a boil and simmer for at least 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add 1 tsp cumin & rest of spices, stir in and taste, add more. I find the cumin flavor kind of disappears with long cooking so I usually add half in the beginning and half about 15-30 minutes before serving.
  • Let cook on low for as long as you have time. Flavor of soup improves with longer cooking.
  • Blend soup in blender or with immersion blender until texture is mostly smooth.
  • Serve with freshly ground black pepper, croutons and wedges of lemon to squeeze over the soup (essential!).
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