I love soup nearly every soup. I could have it everyday 3 times a day and not get sick of it. Red lentil soup is one of my favorites. It is a very basic soup and highly nutritious. The recipe I will give you is the basic lentil soup from the Adana region.
400gr red lentils
2 tbsp red pepper paste or tomato paste
salt to taste
1 tbsp dried mint
3 cloves garlic
1 tbsp pepper paste or tomato paste
When I make soups I judge the amount of water, I usually don't go for runny soups rather preferring a soup with a bit of body. For this soup I would add enough water to cover then about 2 more cups to start with, then if needed add towards the end. I also cook my soups longer than is probably necessary as I like everything melding into each other. I would cook this for over an hour even though I will tell you 45 minutes. This soup is made by me nearly every day in winter and quite frequently in the hotter months.
Wash the lentils well then add into a large saucepan. Add water and salt and the pepper paste. Cook for about 45 minutes. Taste and adjust the salt level if needed. Add more water if necessary. I use my hand blender and blend this soup or you can pass it through a colander until smooth. In a separate smaller saucepan put about 4 tbsp of olive oil, pepper paste, crushed garlic and mint. Cook for about 2 minutes until fragrant. Pour this on top of the soup at service, either into the saucepan or into the separate serves. This is nice served as a main with Coban salad and Cacik with bread. Serve with lemon wedges on the side.
What I gave you was the traditional recipe. I also make this same soup but add a couple of onions, potatoes and carrots.
I also like a decent chicken soup or chicken and corn soup, most asian soups, brocolli and pumpkin. Whats your favorite soup?