It's hard to believe that a soup recipe can be THAT good with such few ingredients. But this one is! When you don't have the time or motivation to cook and need a hot bowl of goodness to fill you up, this will be your go-to soup. Plus, it's easy enough that you can enlist anyone to cook it for you!
Hearty Middle Eastern Red Lentil Soup
(Can easily be doubled to freeze a portion for later.)
1 c. red lentils
4 c. water
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 TB olive oil
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. salt
Rinse lentils in cold water and drain. Combine lentils and water in large saucepan. Bring to a simmer and cook over low heat for 40 minutes. (The lentils will disintegrate and no longer look red).
Meanwhile, in a small fry pan, warm the oil and add the garlic and cumin. Cook briefly - about 1 minute. Don't let the garlic brown. Add this mixture (be sure to scrape all of it) along with the salt, to the lentils and simmer for another 20 minutes. Give it a good stir, once or twice.
You may need to add more water if it gets too thick. Adjust the salt to your liking.
Before serving, add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice to your bowl or 2 TB to the whole pot.
Enjoy and let me know what you think!