Sandwiches: Soups

Last Editorial Review: 1/8/2008


Moroccan Lentil Soup/Stew


  • 1 large onion, chopped (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger (or 1/2 teaspoon ground dried ginger)
  • 1 tablespoon olive or canola oil
  • 6 cups low-sodium chicken or beef broth (water can also be used)
  • 1 1/2 cups red lentils, dried
  • 15-ounce can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
  • 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes (tomatoes and any juice), low sodium if available
  • 3/4 cup diced carrots
  • 3/4 cup chopped celery (about 3 medium stalks)
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala (a spice blend)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 6 tablespoons fat-free sour cream (optional garnish)


  1. Add onions, garlic, ginger and olive to a large nonstick saucepan and cook over medium-high heat, stirring often (about 7 minutes). Add the broth, lentils, garbanzo beans, diced tomatoes, carrots, celery, garam masala, cardamom, cayenne pepper and cumin.
  2. Bring stew to a boil, then lower heat to simmer, cover saucepan and continue to cook until lentils are soft (about 1 to 1 1/2 hours.)
  3. Ladle about a third to a half of the soup into a large food processor or blender and pulse to briefly puree. Pour soup puree back into the pot and stir. Serve each bowl with a dollop of fat-free sour cream, if desired.

6 large servings

Nutritional Information:
Per serving: 321 calories, 21 g protein, 52 g carbohydrate, 5.5 g fat, 1.5 g saturated fat, 5 mg cholesterol, 11.4 g fiber, 323 mg sodium. Calories from fat: 15%.

© 2007 Elaine Magee

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