Turkish Red Lentil Soup

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READY IN: 40mins
SERVES: 4
YIELD: 4 cups
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • Combine everything into a pot, and bring to a boil.
  • Lower the heat, loosely cover the pot, and let simmer for 25-30 minutes or until the lentils have completely softened.
  • Let the soup cool for about 5-10 minutes (you can also cheat and just pop the pot in the fridge or freezer for a couple minutes while catching up on work and texting, like I did!).
  • Pour the soup in a blender to puree it nicely.
  • After pureeing, I sometimes like to pop in a can of big white beans like great northern beans, navy beans, cannellini, or butterbeans with a little fresh cilantro if I happen to have any on hand. These are found in piyaz, another delicious meze.
  • Garnish with lemon and/or fresh mint, and serve with some delicious pitas, toasty Turkish bread, or sigara bourek!
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