This is an easy and filling soup for busy people. Add some carrots or celery or any other veggies for variation.
Used different ingredients. I made a few alterations to this basic recipe and the result was the most amazing, hearty, homemade lentil soup I have ever had. I used 4 cloves of garlic sauteed with the onion and 2 bay leaves for 5 minutes. Then I added all the other ingredients, plus a generous shake of parsley and paprika. I also added 1 chopped fresh tomato and cut spinach (stems removed). I had to add extra liquid to compensante for how much liquid the lentils absorbed. The cumin is what absolutely makes this soup! - 29 Sep 2008
Used different ingredients. Instead of the tomato paste, I made it with a cup of spaghetti sauce and added chopped celery, and 1/4 teaspoon of garlic salt. My husband loved it, so did I!! Easy and delicious. - 29 Sep 2008
Used different ingredients. This is a delicious and simple soup! My friend Katy cooked this up for me after work on a Friday evening. I always think of soups as taking hours to cook on the stove, but not true! This ready in a snap. She used whole cumin which I ground with mortar and pistle and also added carrots which I thought was a necessary touch for colour as well as character. But the flavour was plentiful and the ease was astounding. Served with thick slices of rustic bread and hard cheeses on the side, this is a delite! - 29 Sep 2008