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Make red lentil soup with this recipe from Little Passports

Recipe: Greek Red Lentil Soup

Mediterranean cuisine is light and healthy, and full of fresh flavors. Dream of Greece as you make this delicious easy-to-prepare Greek red lentil soup. For extra family bonding, invite your child to help you prepare it! It’s a great way to model following directions, calculating measurements, and patience. Your family can literally break bread together (and dunk it in the soup!).

Soup Ingredients

  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 tsp dry oregano
  • 1 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp rosemary
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 dry bay leaves
  • 1 cup crushed tomatoes (from a can)
  • 7 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 2 cups red lentils, rinsed and drained
  • Kosher salt
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • Fresh parsley for garnish
  • Crumbled feta cheese to serve, optional

    How to Make Greek Red Lentil Soup

    Step 1: In a large pot, heat 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil until shimmering. Add onions, carrots and garlic, and stir frequently while cooking for 3  to 4 minutes. Add all of the spices, including bay leaves. Cook for 30 seconds until fragrant.

    Step 2: Add crushed tomatoes, vegetable broth, and red lentils. Season with kosher salt. Bring the mixture to a boil, then lower heat to simmer for 20 minutes. Test to make sure the lentils are fully cooked.

    Step 3: Remove the soup from the heat. Pulse it with an immersion blender until you reach a creamy consistency.

    Step 4: Return the soup to the heat, and stir to warm it through. Add lemon zest, lemon juice, and fresh parsley.

    Step 5: Transfer the soup to serving bowls and top each bowl with a splash of extra virgin olive oil. Top each bowl with a generous sprinkle of feta cheese and serve it with your favorite crusty bread!

    Recipe from: The Mediterranean Dish

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