Zov’s Golden Lentil Soup

Zov's Golden Lentil Soup

Our family loves this yummy and delicious soup on a cold rainy Sunday afternoon and often during the holidays with family and friends.  We first enjoyed it at Zov’s Bistro in Tustin, CA, a lovely Mediteranean restaurant in our area.  Zov, the chef and owner was gracious to share her delicious recipe with all of us.  It’s a family favorite!

 

Golden Lentil Soup

Yield: 12 servings

Ingredients

3 tablespoons olive oil
6 celery stalks, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
3 carrots, peeled, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
2 onions, chopped
1 pound dried red lentils, see cook’s notes
1/4 cup raw long-grain rice
12 cups water ( I use 1/2 water and 1/2 vegetable stock)
1 tablespoon lemon pepper
1 tablespoon seasoned salt
2 teaspoons salt, plus more to taste
1 1/2 teaspoons ground black pepper, plus more to taste
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
Garnish: fresh Italian parsley
Cook’s notes: Dried red lentils are sold at natural food stores, Middle Eastern markets and some supermarkets. When they cook, they turn yellow.

Procedure:

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