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Morrocan Red Lentil Soup

So, the weather has turned deliciously cool and crisp and my thoughts turn to soup! This is a delicious one I discovered over at Canadian Living. I adore red lentils although really, they do turn golden when cooked. This soup is quick and easy and makes a giant pot. Serves 8. I made a few substitutions and added more spice. Had it for lunch today. Love the crunch/pop of the green peas. Don’t cook until they are mush.

Morrocan Red Lentil Soup.

2 Tbsp Olive Oil or Canola (25 ml)
2 onions, chopped

5 cloves of garlic, minced

2 celery stalks
, chopped
(1 carrot ,chopped…..my addition)

1 tsp pepper ( 5ml)
1.5 tsp turmeric (6

1.5 tsp cinnamon ( 6ml)

2 tsp ground cumin ( 10 ml)

1 tsp fresh ginger grated or 1/2 tsp. ground (2ml)

salt to taste

6 cups of water or stock (1.5L)( if using water add some low sodium bullion cubes)
1 cup red lentils (250ml)
1 Tsp tomato paste (15ml)

2 potatoes peeled and cubed( I used one regular and one sweet potato) (
Can also use squash insead of potatoes)
1 can stewed tomatoes (19oz/540ml)

1 cup frozen peas( 250ml)

1/4 cup sour cream ( I used non-fat Balkan yogurt)
2 Tbsp parsley(25ml)


1. In large heavy saucepan or Dutch oven, heat oil over medium heat; cook onions, garlic and celery, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes.

2. Add salt, pepper, turmeric, cumin, cinnamon, ginger, and saffron (if using); cook, stirring often, for 2 minutes.

3. Add water/stock, lentils, tomato paste, potatoes and tomatoes, breaking up tomatoes with spoon; bring to boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 40 minutes.

4. Add frozen peas; simmer until peas are cooked, about 5 min. Ladle into bowls. Dollop each with sour cream; sprinkle with parsley.

I know it will be even better tomorrow!

About Shelagh Duffett

An artist and mum to a beautiful daughter. I live in the gorgeous province of Nova Scotia, Canada and write about bits and pieces of my life. Alice is the name of my grandmother, who was an amazing business woman and Paris is a city we LOVE. Art and tea are necessities!


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