Mental Lentil Soup. A silly name, but a hearty, tasty meal.
Mental Lentil Soup, Good Peasant Meal
Hi. It’s Lois at Recipe Idea Shop, discussing a good, hearty soup, Mental Lentil Soup. It’s robust and scrumptious.Why do I call it “Mental” Lentil Soup? When our younger daughters were growing up, they were not fond of trying new foods. Don and I both love Lentil Soup, but Roni and Nessa did not like it. They called it Mental Soup and occasionally managed to choke a bit down.
Don made a variation of this soup for dinner on Saturday night. Thanks, Don! Not only did we have a delicious meal, but I have lunch for a couple days this week.
You can easily change the whole flavor of it by adding a ham bone or a few different spices. If you like a spicy soup, you can add turmeric, cumin, cinnamon and roasted red peppers for an entirely different flavor.
Serve with Crusty French Bread or a grilled cheese sandwich and a salad for a flavorful peasant supper. I generally add a little bit of vinegar to my soup when I eat it. The vinegar gives it a tangy flavor.
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Mental Lentil Soup Recipe
Mental Lentil Soup
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 medium onion chopped
- 2 carrots peeled and chopped
- 1 pound dry lentils
- 8-1/2 cups water
- 1 6 ounce can tomato paste
- 2 vegetable or beef bouillon cubes
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- In a large pot, sauté the onions and carrots in the olive oil until the onions are transparent.
- Add water, lentils, bouillon and spices and cook for about 30 minutes until lentils are tender but not mushy.
- Skim off the foam as it comes to the surface and stir the soup occasionally as you cook it.
- Add the tomato paste and simmer for another 10-15 minutes.
Optional Ingredients: Add 1 teaspoon curry powder, 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves, and 1/8 teaspoon ground mace for a Caribbean flavor!
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Mental Lentil Soup Nutrition
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