Syrian Lentil Soup – Simple and Delicious

For New Year’s Eve an Italian tradition is to have ‘good luck’ food.  Every year my Aunt Mary would bring the lentil soup on New Years Eve.  At midnight after everyone kissed and hugged each other we would eat sausage, lentil soup, cookies, fruit and the leftovers from dinner earlier that evening.  I know there was a lot of food but I only remember what I enjoyed.  Actually, I did not enjoy the lentil soup when I was little.  I do now though!!

Well,  I found this lentil soup recipe and decided to make it for Christmas Eve.  I’m a week early but this sounded so good I had to give it a try.   I will make again for New Years.  That’s how much we all enjoyed it!!

Syrian Lentil Soup

December 010


2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
1 medium carrot, chopped
1 medium celery rib, chopped
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 pound red or brown lentils (I used red)
5 cups chicken broth or water
1 small bunch spinach (I had a bag and used a little more than half)
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
Salt and freshly ground pepper


  1.  Heat the olive oil in a large, heavy saucepan.
  2. Add the onion, carrot and celery and cook over medium low heat until tender and slightly golden, about 8 minutes.
  3. Stir in the cumin and cinnamon and cook for 1 minute.
  4. Add the lentils and broth and bring to a boil.
  5. Reduce the heat, cover and simmer until the lentils are tender, about 20-30 minutes.
  6. Stir in the spinach and simmer until tender.
  7. Add the lemon juice, season with salt and pepper and serve.

Simple and Delicious!!  Best of luck to you!!

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