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“My friend Kathie made this when I last visited her. I immediately asked for the recipe. When I went to make it I found I was lacking some of the ingredients so I had to improvise. Both versions are good so I have posted Kathie's original instructions and then my alterations in parenthesis. Let me know which one works for you.”
1 pot soup

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 14 cup olive oil (I used less, a couple T.)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil (I used less, a couple T.)
  • 1 23 onions, diced (her instructions don't indicate cups or whole onions- I didn't have any onions so it didn,t matter.)
  • 3 14 garlic cloves, minced (I used 3 t. minced garlic)
  • 12 cup dried apricot, chopped (I didn't have any apricots and so used dried mango)
  • 1 tablespoon dried apricot, chopped (I didn't have any apricots and so used dried mango)
  • 2 12 cups red lentils (I used 1 1/2 c. brown lentils and 1 1/2 c. Le Puy lentils)
  • 8 12 cups chicken stock (I used 9 c. water with chicken bouillon added)
  • 5 roma tomatoes, peeled, seeded, and chopped (I used 30 cherry tomatoes- just threw 'em in the pot, skin, seeds and all)
  • 34 teaspoon cumin
  • 14 teaspoon thyme (I upped it to 1/2 t.)
  • salt and pepper (I used white pepper and Hawaiian black sea salt- careful not to over salt as boullion is salty)
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice (I used 3 T. cider vinegar)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice (I used 3 T. cider vinegar)


  1. Kathie's instructions: saute onions, garlic, and apricots till onions are translucent.
  2. Add lentils and stock and bring to a boil. Then drop heat and simmer for 30 minutes.
  3. Add tomatoes, cumin, thyme and salt and pepper to taste. Simmer another 10 minutes.
  4. Add lemon juice, puree 1/2 the soup, return to the pot and serve.
  5. My instructions: saute dried onions, chives, mangoes, cumin, thyme, tomatoes, and salt and pepper in oil until fragrant. Watch garlic to keep from browning.
  6. Add lentils and bouillon-water and bring to a boil, drop heat and simmer 40 minutes.
  7. Stir in vinegar then puree all the tomatoes (they'll float to the top of the soup) and 1/2 the soup. Return to the pot then serve.

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