Lentil Soup with Lemon Yoghurt Cream

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Are you looking for a tasty and healthy weekend dish or something quick for those busy days at work. Look no further and try this delicious and creamy recipe.

Lentil soup may seem bland and boring, but there’s a whole lot more you can add to it. Take a look in your spice cupboard to brighten the flavours of your soup or even squeeze a lemon in it.

Ingredients:

4 slices thick-cut bacon, chopped, or 1 tablespoon olive oil

yellow onion, diced small

large or 2 small carrots, diced small

celery stalks, diced small

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 tablespoons tomato paste

1 tablespoon smoked paprika

1 teaspoon cumin

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1 1/2 cups green or brown lentils

6 cups chicken or vegetable broth

bay leaf

1/2 cup yogurt

Zest and juice from 1 lemon

Minced parsley to serve

Method:

Set a large pot over medium heat. Add the bacon and cook slowly until the fat is rendered and the bacon is crispy. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon and transfer to a paper towel. Pour off all but 1 tablespoon of the bacon fat. If using olive oil, simply heat the oil and continue to the next step.
Turn the heat to medium-high and cook the onion until it softens and starts becoming translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the carrots and celery, and cook for another minute or two. Stir in the garlic, tomato paste, paprika, cumin, salt, and cinnamon. Cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
Add the lentils, broth, and bay leaf to the pan and stir. Bring to a boil, and then reduce the heat to low. Simmer, uncovered, for 20 to 30 minutes until the lentils are soft (exact cooking time will depend on your lentils). Taste and add salt and pepper as needed. Stir the reserved bacon into the soup, or sprinkle it right on top of each bowl.
Whisk together the yogurt, lemon zest, and lemon juice. Add a dollop of this yogurt sauce to each bowl as you serve and sprinkle the tops with parsley.
Recipe can be found on this site: https://www.thekitchn.com/easy-weeknight-recipe-lentil-soup-with-lemon-yogurt-saucerecipes-from-the-kitchn-169776
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Lentil Soup with Lemon Yoghurt Cream

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