Starving Artist Lentil Soup

I’m the worst at updating this blog. I’m sorry! I have so many recipes I just don’t document, but here is a standard I grew up with. Lentils- an absolute staple in any Arab household. This soup, also known as addis, is made with only a few ingredients and it’s roots stem from peasant food. Well, when you’re on a budget and need a good hearty meal, this is a great option! Vegan and GF for all diets as well :). Enjoy!

Addis (red lentil soup)

  • 1 bag red lentils
  • 1 small onion, or 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 carrots, cut in slivers
  • 3 stalks of celery, chopped
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 6 cups, plus more water (or veggie stock- traditional is water)
  • lemon and crispy pita bread for garnish



First, chop your veggies. My family doesn’t use the celery and carrots- that’s my addition. It adds a little more nutritional value! Your choice-it’s not necessary :).

Heat up olive oil on medium heat in a sturdy pot. I like to use a dutch oven when making soups! Then add in a sweat the onions.

Once the onions start to get a little color, add in the veggies and let them soften for a minute or two.

Then add in pre-rinsed lentils and saute everything in the pan for a couple more minutes.

Once the lentils start to brown a tiny bit, add in about 5-6 cups of water. The water should reach just above the veggies.

Add in your salt and cumin and stir. Bring to a boil, then simmer on low for about 20 minutes.

Put your friends to work in the kitchen and check to see that the carrots are cooked through. The soup should look mushy and thick.

Now it’s time to make this baby smooth and creamy! The best method is to use a hand blender like I have.

It’ll look like this!

Depending on how thick you want it, add more water and blend. I added about 3 more cups of water into the mixture to achieve this texture. Taste the soup and see if it needs any more salt with the addition of the water.

Garnish with fresh squeezed lemon juice (essential!) and toasted pita chips. I made roasted cauliflower, so we mixed it in with our dinner.

Hope you enjoy this yummy, easy dinner that’s ready in less than a half hour!


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