Mental Lentil Soup. A silly name, but a hearty, tasty meal. It has a deep, rich flavor.
Mental Lentil Soup is a good peasant meal.
My kids called this soup “Mental Soup” so I incorporated their name for it and call it Mental Lentil Soup. It’s robust and scrumptious, and good for a rainy day. But when our younger daughters were growing up, they were not fond of trying new foods and I admit, they did not like it. Don and I love it, and I think you might like it, too. The original recipe came from an old cookbook called Greek Cooking.
The basic recipe is delicious, but 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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Recipe Nutrition Information
This recipe is GF, DF, NF, SF, EF, V, VG*
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