Lentil Tabouli Soup
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cups coarsely chopped onions
1 1/2 cups brown lentils
cup coarse bulgur
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, (optional)
1 clove garlic, up to 2
pushed through a press
3 cups finely diced plum tomatoes, seeded
(fresh or canned, drained)
1 1/2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint
teaspoon OR 1 ½ dried mint, plus more to taste
1 1/4 teaspoons salt or to taste
1 cup loosely packed minced fresh parsley
plus more to taste
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, up to 3
6 Servings DAIRY-FREE
This recipe includes all of the ingredients contained in a great tabouli: bulgur wheat, tomatoes, lemon juice, and lots of parsley. (You'll need two good-sized bunches; opt for the flat-leaf variety if it's available.) I've put a new slant on the dish by combining all of the ingredients in a lentil soup. Since the acid in the lemon juice quickly dulls parsley's bright color, you might like to add lemon juice only to the portion you are planning to serve. Leftovers are likely to need some extra lemon juice anyway. Coarse bulgur is available in most natural food stores.
Quick-release pressure. Remove lid, tilting it away from you to allow any excess steam to escape.
Stir in garlic, tomatoes, additional tablespoon of olive oil, mint, and salt. Simmer until garlic looses its raw taste, about 2 minutes. At this point, add a bit more mint if you feel it's needed. Blend in parsley and lemon juice. Taste and add more parsley and lemon juice if desired. Serve in large soup bowls.