red lentil soup

Try this Turkish red lentil soup! It is perfect for those cold winter nights. It is a hearty soup, so if you are looking for a simple dinner, then this is the recipe for you. No need to add a main course, this is it! What really makes this soup is the spices of red hot pepper flakes and the mint. Add some crusty bread for dipping and enjoy!

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You will need the following for this dish:

  • 1 C. Red Lentils
  • 3 T. Butter
  • 1 Medium Onion, Diced
  • 1 tsp. Tomato Paste
  • 4 C. Water
  • Salt, Red Pepper Flakes and Dry or Fresh Mint to Taste

Can't find red lentils at your local store? Try a specialty store or a Middle Eastern Grocery

To prepare this dish, start by washing and draining the red lentils. In a  saucepan, melt the butter and add the diced onions. Cook until the onions are translucent. Add the tomato paste, stir, then add the water and red lentils. Bring to a boil, then cook on low for about 40 minutes or until the lentils are soft. Add the salt, red pepper flakes, and mint to taste.

Depending on your preference, if you like a smoother soup you can puree it in the blender.

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