Lentil soup with tarragon

by | Nov 4, 2015 | Soups

Though lentils were considered as a food of poor for a long time, now they are integral part of everyday consumption, regardless of the finanacial situation. In Hungary lentils are usually prepared as a soup or stew, mainly with roux and smoked meat, similar to dry bean soup. To break with the tradition, I’m sharing a more digestible soup recipe with you. The specialty of this lentil soup lies in seasoning, lemon juice and tarragon, whose aroma is reminiscent of anis, make it very piquant.

Lentil soup with tarragon
Lentil soup with tarragon – photo: zserbo.com
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