Lentil Soup with Hummus Leftovers
- 2 Tbs olive oil
- 1 Tbs aniseed
- 2 large onions sliced
- 1/4 lb bacon
- 2 quarts chicken stock
- 1 cup red lentils
- 4 pears sliced
- 2 tsp coriander
- 1 tsp cumin
- 2 tsp salt
- ~1 cup hummus or 1 can garbanzo beans and 2 Tbs tahini
- 1/2 c. orange juice
- juice of two lemons
- 1/4 c. chopped parsley
- 1/2 c. milk
- 1 Tbl pomegranate syrup or brown sugar for sweetener.
Caramelized onion with bacon and toasted aniseed.
In a separate fry pan, saute up bacon until crispy and drain grease. In a soup pot, add to onions: bacon, chicken stock, pears, lentils, coriander, cumin and salt. Allow to cook over low for 30-45 minutes until lentils are falling apart and pear has disintegrated. If pear still is slightly whole, take a fork and break apart.
Once lentils are cooked and dd hummus, stirring to mix. If you don't have any hummus, you can add a can of garbanzo beans and tahini. Add orange juice and lemon juice to add a tart citrus flavor. Add salt to taste and fresh chopped parsley right before serving. For optional taste you can add milk which will give the soup a creamier flavor and/or Pomegranate syrup or other sweetener according to taste. Garnish with yogurt, preferably labna and parsley
This recipe is based off the premise of a simple lentil soup recipe which is just lentils, onions, stock, and lemon. A lot of the ingredients I used in this recipe because I had them around the house, such as the orange juice and the pomegranate syrup. I added milk because I added too much salt and needed to tone down the taste.
I always say my ingredients are approximations, but I don't want this to scare anyone off from trying my recipes. I add this disclaimer as an attempt to empower you to understand if you don't have one or two of these ingredients its OK. Experimenting with substitutions is a great way to explore food and make a recipe your own by changing it slightly to match your taste. Keep tasting your food as you go along and augment it to whatever you may need: if its bland, add some spice, if its flat, add some body like more stock of bullion, if you accidentally added too much salt, add a bit of cream to tone it down. Just have fun and trust your own tastes.