lentil soup

The lentil soup recipe came soon after the lentil bulgur pilaf incident. bob had already had eaten a Saturday breakfast/lunch/whatever by the time he dropped by the in-laws for a little family shopping spree at Bitar's, south Philly's Lebanese middle eastern food store, just across the block from the two most famous cheesesteak vendors: Pat's and Gino's. [Our personal favorite, Jim's at 4th and South St, is farther north.] Barkev tempts bob with an offer to heat up some homemade lentil soup, which bob tries to resist but quickly gives in to. And even goes for seconds. Good stuff. bob took the rest home for later.


phase 1
1 c lentils
5(?) c water
phase 2
1 lb spinach, washed, chopped small
2 medium potatoes, chopped small (1/2 in)
1/2 head garlic, cleaned and pressed
phase 3
1 T tomato paste
1 lemon, juice of
1/2 t black pepper
1/2 t allspice
1/2 t red pepper (Middle Eastern)
1/2 mint
salt (to taste)
phase 4
1/4 c olive oil
12 big onion, chopped


  1. Boil the lentils in water for about 5 to 10 minutes.
  2. Then add the spinach, potatoes, and garlic and continue boiling until lentils and potatoes are tender.
  3. Then add the tomato paste and spices and boil another 5 to 10 minutes.
  4. Sauté the onion until golden brown and then stir in the soup. Boil 5 to 10 minutes longer.
  5. Serve.


  1. This is a bit imprecise. 5 to 10 minutes? 5 cups of water? Needs some experimentation. Let us know.
  2. Illustrations available.
lntlsp.htm: 17-jan-2005 [what, ME cook? © 1984 dr bob enterprises]