Review – Moroccan Lentil Soup

Hot soup in the slow cooker

Hot soup in the slow cooker

A few weeks ago I was fortunate enough to receive a gift from a very sweet friend. The totally unexpected package contained a cookbook I had not previously seen, Lévana Kirschenbaum’s recent publication, The Whole Foods Kosher Kitchen. I immediately sat down and started poring through page after page of mouth-watering recipes, making mental notes about which ones I wanted to try first.

Life got a bit crazy, as it is wont to do at the end of the year, and I finally made my first dish from this lovely book last Friday night. After a cold, cold week, complete with ice storms, snow storms, blackouts and whiteouts, we needed a rich, hearty soup, and that is what I sought.

The Moroccan Lentil Soup that I made came together easily. Her instructions to finely chop most of the “problem veggies” (onions, celery, herbs, etc) in the food processor made the preparation a breeze, and the aroma of the onions and cilantro had me drooling long before any of the ingredients hit the pot for cooking.

Onions, celery and herbs, waiting to be chopped

Onions, celery and herbs, waiting to be chopped

My sous-chef, expertly wielding the Pulse button

My sous-chef, expertly wielding the Pulse button

Onions, celery and herbs, being chopped

Onions, celery and herbs, being chopped

Because life waits for no one, and we had a ton of errands to run before Shabbat, we made the soup in a slow cooker. It took a lot longer to cook the lentils, but we expected this and planned accordingly, and the soup was ready in plenty of time for our Shabbat dinner.

This soup is a nutritional powerhouse, full of protein- and fibre-rich lentils, canned tomatoes with their lycopenes, and one of the recently lauded superfoods, turmeric. More important, it tastes great!

Lentils, picked over and rinsed

Lentils, picked over and rinsed

The verdict from those who really matter – A-plus.

My husband said, “It’s interesting, exotic and filling. This and a slice of bread is a meal. You can make it any time; I could keep eating it forever.”

My 16-year-old son said, “I want this again.”

And the toughest critic, my 9-year-old daughter, who usually responds to new foods with “I’m not going to like that,” came back for seconds and opined, “It’s yummy.” Then she looked at her aquarium and added, “But my fish won’t like it.”

Good. That leaves more for the humans.

Moroccan Lentil Soup

  • 2 large onions
  • 1 large bunch flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 bunch cilantro. Tough end stems cut off
  • 6 ribs celery, peeled
  • 4 cups canned crushed tomatoes
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • Salt to taste
  • 3 quarts water
  • 2 tsp turmeric
  • 2 cups green or brown lentils
  • Pepper to taste

In a food processor, coarsely grind the onion, parsley, cilantro and celery. Transfer the mixture to a heavy wide-bottom pot. Add all but the last ingredient and bring to a boil. Reduce the flame to medium and cook covered for 1 hour, or a little longer until the lentils are perfectly tender ad the soup looks thick and creamy. Stir in the ground pepper and adjust the texture and seasonings.  Makes a dozen ample servings.


4 thoughts on “Review – Moroccan Lentil Soup

  1. Lentils are fantastic – lots of good, healthy stuff, very easy to prep and very satisfying. I made a red lentil soup a little while ago which is really easy ( and I’m planning on doing (and posting!) a Moroccan chickpea and lentil this week which is pepped up with a squeeze of lemon before serving (which I’m guessing would work really well with yours too)

  2. I have a recipe for a Tunisian chickpea soup that has a similar flavour profile to this, and it sings with a squeeze of lemon, so yes, I think lemon would be lovely in this soup too. I love soups in general because they are so perfect for playing and experimenting with. 🙂

    Cheers – Beverlee

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: