Armenian Lentil Soup Recipe

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This Armenian lentil soup recipe uses red lentils for a hearty base, with a variety of spices for flavor and dried fruits to finish off a sweet and savory soup.
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1 hr 10 min DURATION
40 min COOK TIME
30 min PREP TIME
8 (8-serving) meals SERVINGS


  • 4 cups dehydrated onion
  • 4 tablespoons ground ginger
  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1⁄2 cup salt
  • 10-2⁄3 cups red lentils
  • 1 cup chicken soup base or bouillon granules
  • 6 cups dried apricots, diced
  • 6 cups golden raisins
  • 3 cups sour cream powder
  • 8 (14.5-ounce) cans diced tomatoes


  • For soup mix:

    In each of 8 vacuum bags or jars, add and then seal: • 1/2 cup dehydrated onion • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground ginger • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon • 1 tablespoon salt • 1-1/3 cups red lentils • 2 tablespoons chicken soup base or bouillon granules

    For dried fruit:

    In each of 8 zip-top bags, add: • 3/4 cup dried apricots, diced • 3/4 cup golden raisins

    For sour cream:

    In each of 8 zip-top plastic bags, add and then seal: • 1/2 cup sour cream powder

    Ready-Made Meal Assembly

    In each of 8 Mylar bags, tote bags, or vacuum bags, store: • 1 bag soup mix • 1 can diced tomatoes • 1 bag dried fruit • 1 packet sour cream powder Label each bag.

    To Make the Armenian Lentil Soup

    In a large pot over medium-low heat, combine the soup packet, tomatoes, and 8 cups of water. Simmer for 30 minutes, or until the lentils are almost tender.
  • Stir in the dried fruit and cook 10 more minutes.
  • Mix the sour cream powder with 1⁄4 cup of water. Serve the soup topped with a drizzle of sour cream. Serves 8.

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    Reprinted with permission from Meals in a Jar: Quick and Easy, Just-Add-Water, Homemade Recipes for Easy Family Meals, Homemade Camping Food and Prepper’s Emergency Storage by Julie Languille and published by Ulysses Press, 2013. Buy this book from our store: Meals in a Jar.

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Armenian lentil soup includes cinnamon and dried fruit that add a bit of sweetness and a nice flavor contrast to this savory soup. It cooks in about 45 minutes, so it is a perfect choice when you don’t want to do a long simmer.