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Mercimek Çorbasi - Turkish Lentil Soup

I saw an article that mentioned Turkish Lentil Soup and decided to google it. It looked simple and delicious, and the real selling point was the half a bag of lentils in the cabinet. My kids like soup any time of year, my son in particular would prefer all his meals come with broth.


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2 Tbsp butter
Olive oil
1 large onion, diced
3 Tbsp tomato paste
1 Tbsp Pul biber or gochugaru
1 Tbsp paprika, I used smoked
1 1/2 c. red lentils
1 eggplant
8 c. chicken stock
Pepper to taste

Paprika oil
Fresh chopped mint
Lemon wedges

Peel the eggplant and cut it in to 1/2 inch cubes. Drizzle with the olive oil and roast at 375 for about 20 minutes until browned in some spots.  

Meanwhile, melt the butter in a large soup pot. Saute the onion until tender. Stir in the tomato paste and pepper flakes and and cook while stirring for a few minutes more until fragrant. Stir in the chicken broth. We all know that chicken stock really does make the best soups but I didn't happen to have any on hand…

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