This thick and very tasty soup is good for you, easy to prepare, and made mostly from items in your pantry, including favorites of picky children. What more could Esau have wanted in return for his birthright?

Ingredients

2 tbs. olive oil

2 onions, finely chopped

3 carrots, peeled and cut into stalks or cubes

2 cups red lentils

Sprig of rosemary (optional )

2 tbs. soup powder

10 cups water

The juice of a half a lemon

Salt and black pepper

1.5 cups medium, flat noodles, uncooked

Preparation

Fry the onions in the olive oil until golden. Add the carrots and fry for another minute or two. Add the lentils, stir and let them heat up. Now add the water, soup powder and rosemary sprig.

Bring to a boil, lower the flame and cook until the carrots are soft and the lentils are falling apart (around an hour ). Season with salt, pepper and lemon juice. Add the noodles, turn the heat off and cover the pot.

After around ten minutes the noodles will be soft and will have released their starch, further thickening the soup. If the soup is too thick for your taste, dilute with water.

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