Lentil Tabouli Soup

Lentil Tabouli Soup

Recipe adapted from The Pressured Cook : Over 75 One-Pot Meals In Minutes by Lorna Sass

2 tablespoons water
2 cups coarsely chopped onions
6 cups vegetable broth
1 1/2 cups brown lentils
1/3 cup coarse bulgur
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
1 clove garlic — pressed (1 to 2)
3 cups seeded and finely diced plum tomatoes (or 2 cans diced tomatoes)
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh mint or 1 1/2 — teaspoons dried mint or more to taste
1 1/4 teaspoons salt — or to taste
1 cup loosely packed minced fresh parsley — or more to taste
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice — (1 to 3)

Over medium-high heat, heat 2 tbsp. water in the cooker. Cook the onions, stirring frequently, for 2 minutes. Add the broth and stir well to scrape up any browned bits sticking to the bottom of the cooker. Add the lentils, bulgur, and red pepper flakes, if using.

Lock the lid in place. Over high heat, bring to high pressure. Lower the heat just enough to maintain high pressure and cook for 10 minutes. Quick-release the pressure. Remove the lid, tilting it away from you to allow any excess steam to escape.

Stir in the garlic, tomatoes, mint, and salt. Simmer until the garlic loses its raw taste, about 2 minutes. Blend in the parsley and lemon juice. Taste and add more mint, parsley, and lemon juice, if you wish. (I like the soup very lemony and use about 3 tablespoons for the pot-full, but this is a matter of taste.) Serve in large soup bowls.

4 to 6 large servings

Original recipe posted to the Veg-Recipes list

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