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Lentil Soup with Melon

Contributed by: Chris WebAdmin. of RecipesNow.com

Here's a dish of obvious Moorish inspiration, with the characteristic sweet touch (although hardly perceptible) of melon and the lovely flavors of cumin and cilantro.

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 large onions, peeled and chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound lentils, washed and drained
  • 1/2 medium melon of your choice, seeded, skinned and chopped
  • 2 cups chopped Swiss chard or escarole (white and green portions)
  • 2 1-inch cubes slab bacon or salt pork
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin, preferably freshly ground in a mortar or spice mill
  • Few strands of saffron
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 sprigs cilantro
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • 7 cups water
  • Salt
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 2 medium potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 2 morcillas (black sausages), optional
  • Chopped cilantro leaves for garnish

Directions:

Heat the oil in a soup pot and saute the onions and garlic until the onions have wilted. Stir in the lentils, melon, Swiss chard, slab bacon, cumin, saffron, bay leaves, cilantro sprigs and cinnamon. Add the water, bring to a boil, cover and simmer 45 minutes.

Add salt, vinegar, potatoes and black sausage, if using. Cover and continue cooking for 45 minutes more, until the lentils and potatoes are done. If the soup is too thick, add a little water, or if too soupy, boil down. Serve in soup bowls, sprinkled with cilantro.

Serving Size: Serves 6


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