Egyptian Lentil Soup

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Welcome to Claire's: 35 Years of Recipes and Reflections from the Landmark Vegetarian Restaurant

By Claire Criscuolo

Published 2014

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One of the best parts of our location across from a world-class university is that we are blessed with customers and staff from so many countries. They share their recipes, which gives us a peek into their traditions, and we love this. This flavorful soup is a perfectly delicious example.


  • 3 quarts water
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 7 cloves garlic,


  1. Place the water, bay leaves, and garlic in a heavy pot over high heat; cover and bring to a boil. Add the lentils and reduce the heat to medium. Cover and cook the lentils at a medium boil, stirring occasionally, for about 45 minutes to an hour, until the lentils are tender. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and stir to coa