Mexican Lentil Soup With Panela Cheese

"Not all Mexican food is fried in lard and full of fat. This is a aromatic soup seasoned with rosemary and thyme and served with Panela (a Mexican moist cheese much like Mozzarella). You can substitute with cotija cheese as well."
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Ready In:
1hr 15mins




  • Heat olive oil in a large pot and sauté ham and onions until the onions are tender but not browned.
  • Add garlic and carrots and sauté lightly for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add water, bouillon, lentils, rosemary, thyme, black pepper and salt. Bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat and cover with a tight fitting lid.
  • Cook until tender (approx 1 hour).
  • Serve with warm corn or flour tortillas and and garnish with panela cheese.

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  1. We like to have soup often as a healthy alternative. This soup was very good -- I loved the taste of the ham and carrots -- I'll put more carrots in next time because they added such a fresh flavor to the soup. I only used 1/2 of the cheese and it turned out just to our tastes. My husband loved it and I'm making a second batch to freeze tomorrow so we can have it on hand for those busy nights. Thanks, Gabesgirl, for submitting this great recipe!


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