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Palouse Red Lentil Mint Soup

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Ingredients
  Unsalted butter 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Chopped onion 3⁄4 Cup (12 tbs)
  Tomato paste 1 Tablespoon
  Chicken stock 7 Cup (112 tbs)
  Red lentils 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  All purpose flour 2 Tablespoon
  Dried mint/1/2 cup minced fresh mint 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Dried red pepper flakes 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Salt To Taste
Directions

HEAT 2 TABLESPOONS of the butter in a large pot, add the onion, and saute over medium heat until tender, 3 to 5 minutes.
Stir in the tomato paste.
Add the chicken stock and lentils, cover, and simmer until the lentils are tender, about 20 minutes.
Remove from the heat and let cool for a few minutes.
Working in batches, puree the mixture in a food processor or blender until just smooth.
Set aside in a large bowl.
MELT THE REMAINING 2 tablespoons butter in the same pot over medium heat, add the flour, and whisk until the flour begins to turn golden, about 2 minutes.
Gradually whisk in the lentil mixture and bring to a gentle simmer.
Stir in the mint and red pepper flakes, with salt to taste, and simmer 1 to 2 minutes longer.
Ladle the soup into individual bowls, garnish with croutons, if you like, and serve immediately.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Course: 
Appetizer
Method: 
Boiled
Dish: 
Soup
Ingredient: 
Mint
Interest: 
Everyday

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