Hearty Lentil Soup

Winter snowy days call for a pot of homemade lentil soup à la Ruby! ♨️☃️❄️
A hearty soup recipe to keep you warm and boost your immunity is coming your way next… And as always, it’s made with fresh ingredients and lots of love❣️

You will need: 
🥣 1 mug of orange lentils
🥣 1 medium potato – I omitted it this time to lower the soup’s carb content 
🥣 1 small zucchini (optional)
🥣 3 cloves of garlic
🥣 1 medium onion
🥣 3 small carrots
🥣 2 small tomatoes 
🥣 2 bouillon cubes
🥣 3 tablespoons tomato purée 
🥣 A few pieces of mesteka 
🥣2 tablespoons butter
🥣 2 tablespoons olive oil 
🥣 Salt & pepper to taste
🥣 2/3 teaspoon cumin
🥣 1/2 teaspoon turmeric 

♨️ In a pot, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil; add chopped onion and cook until fragrant. Add garlic and sauté until fragrant. Add cut up carrots, diced potato, zucchini, lentil and diced tomatoes. Mix and sauté veggies for 2 minutes, then add 2 bouillon cubes, 3 tablespoons tomato purée. Mix everything and cook for 5 minutes
♨️ Add hot water or vegetable stock, about 6 cups, and bring soup to a boil. Lower heat, cover and let it simmer for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally so lentils don’t stick to the bottom of the pot, until all veggies are fork tender and lentils are cooked.
♨️ Purée the soup with a hand blender. Season it with salt, black pepper to taste and 1 teaspoon of cumin.
♨️ In a saucepan melt 2 tablespoons butter and add Mesteka. Heat and stir until the Mesteka has completely dissolved in the hot bubbly butter mixture. Add to the soup and mix very well. This step is optional but very highly recommended, as it takes the taste to a much higher level.
Dilute soup with hot water if too thick.

Bon Appétit! Stay warm 😍♨️


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