- 2 tbsp Olive oil
- 1 Onionlarge, finely chopped
- 1 Carrotslarge, finely chopped
- 3 Garlic cloveminced
- 1 tsp Chili flakes
- Saltto taste
- Black pepperto taste
- 2 tsp Cumin
- 2 tsp Sweet paprika
- 1 tbsp Tomato paste
- 1 ¼ cups Red lentils250 g, rinsed and drained
- 1 ½ qts Vegetable stock1 ½ liters
- 3 Tomatoesvine-ripened, diced
- 14 oz Spinachwashed, dried, large stalks removed, sliced
- 1 Lemoncut into wedges, for serving
For garlic yogurt topping:
- ½ cup Greek yogurtor natural
- 2 cloves Garlicsmall, minced
- 1 tbsp Olive oil
Middle Eastern Spinach Lentil Soup
This Middle Eastern Spinach Lentil Soup is so easy and so good. It takes less than one hour to make, and it’s nutritious, vegetarian-friendly, and economical. What’s not to love? Aside from the wholesome lentils and spinach, this flavorful soup is packed with healthy vegetables like onions, carrots, tomatoes, and garlic. Instead of flavoring the soup with classic herbs, it is flavored with cumin, paprika, and chili pepper. It’s a spicy, bold, savory combo, and I enjoy the twist. Serve topped with a spoonful of garlic yogurt (super-simple recipe included) for an extra special hit of creaminess.
The recipe calls for vegetable stock. If you are tight on time, it’s always fine to use your favorite store-bought stock. But to really impart flavor, try your hand at making your own stock. For a non-vegetarian version, use chicken stock or broth.
To make the Middle Eastern Spinach Lentil Soup, you will need the following ingredients:
Steps to make Middle Eastern Spinach Lentil Soup
Saute onions, carrots, and garlic
In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat 2 tablespoons olive, then add the finely chopped onion, carrots, minced garlic, 1 teaspoon chili flakes, and a pinch of salt and black pepper. Stir, then cover with a lid and cook, stirring occasionally, over low heat for 7-8 minutes until tender and lightly golden.
Add cumin and paprika
Add tomato paste
Add lentils and stock
Prepare garlic yogurt topping
Add in spinach
Tried this for the first time today and it came out perfect. Thank you for sharing the recipe!
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