Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Lemon Lentil Soup with Spinach

Source: Fresh Food Fast by Peter Berley

1 1/2 cups red or brown lentils, rinsed
1 cup canned chopped tomatoes, with their juice
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (I used one tablespoon)
8 garlic cloves, peeled
2 teaspoons coarse sea salt or kosher salt (I used one teaspoon)
4 slices peeled fresh ginger, each about the size of a quarter (I used 1 teaspoon grated)
1 sprig fresh rosemary (I used 1 1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary)
1 bay leaf
1 10-ounce bag washed baby spinach (I used 5 ounces or less)
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
Freshly milled black pepper

In a pressure cooker over high heat, combine 4-5 cups of water with the lentils, tomatoes, oil, garlic, and salt. Wrap the ginger, rosemary, and bay leaf in a piece of cheesecloth, tie it closed with kitchen string, and add this bouquet garni to the pot. Lock the lid in place and bring to full pressure. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes.

Transfer the pressure cooker to the sink and run cold water over it to release the pressure. Remove the lid and discard the bouquet garni.

Return the pot to medium heat. Add the spinach and simmer until wilted. Stir in the lemon juice. Crush the garlic against the side of the pot with the back of a spoon and stir so that all the garlic completely melts into the soup. Add pepper and serve immediately.

Check out my review of this recipe: Cooking with Lentils


  1. Deanna9:17 AM

    Is there a way cook this recipe without using a pressure cooker? I don't have one but this sounds really good and I would like to try it.


  2. Deanna - I did not use a pressure cooker - don't even own one. :) You can just use a stockpot or Dutch oven. Just follow the directions, but simmer until the lentils are tender.The lentils will take a little longer to cook - but probably no longer than 20 minutes.

    I don't even know why he used a pressure cooker for this recipe - it doesn't save much time!