I love how versatile lentils are. They’re delicious hot or cold and easily absorb a dish’s seasonings–It makes them so perfect for soups and stews! This Mediterranean Spicy Spinach Lentil Soup sounded perfect to fulfill my craving for a meatless dish. I just knew it would be delicious once I read the ingredients.
If you ever thought lentils were a tasteless legume, the flavors in this 30-minute lentil soup will surprise you!
I was really excited to try this dish because of all the spices. I wasn’t sure how they would all taste together, but I enjoy them all. The only one that might not be stocked in your local grocery store is sumac. I discovered this tart spice a few years ago and had to order it from Amazon. It’s not terribly expensive and it lasts and lasts.
Everything else was easy to find and reasonably priced. I did have to alter the recipe slightly because the frozen spinach I bought was 15 ounces instead of the 12 ounces specified in the recipe.
This lentil soup was so easy to make! Just sauté the onions and spices, then add the rest of the ingredients, sit back, and enjoy the yummy scent while it cooks (the mint is the most prominent smell). I spent a total of 49 minutes from start to finish. That includes prep work and letting the soup rest for 5 minutes after removing it from the heat.
Speaking of prep work, that was minimal. I had to chop an onion, a garlic clove, and some parsley. The rest was pretty much just measuring out the seasonings and liquids.
Lastly, you will need a good-sized pot for this recipe. I used a cast-iron casserole dish that holds just over 5 quarts. It was a perfect size and allowed me to stir the soup without spilling.