Mercimek Corbasi (Turkish Lentil Soup)

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced (1/2 cup)
  • 2 carrots, diced or shredded (1/2 cup)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced (1 tsp)
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 qt vegetable or other light broth
  • 1 cup red lentils
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • Pinch or dash of red pepper or hot sauce (optional)
  • Salt and black pepper to taste

Heat oil on medium-high and saute onions until softened; add garlic and carrots, stirring until fragrant. Stir in tomato paste, then all other ingredients except lemon juice. Heat until bubbling and reduce to medium-low. Cover and let simmer until lentils are soft (30-60 minutes). Blend with immersion blender to desired smoothness; stir in lemon juice and serve with bread and a dollop of yogurt if desired.

(Served here with the traditional Turkish crescent rolls) 😂