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Mar 15, 2001 01:45 PM

How can I thicken a Lentil Soup Without Flour

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Any suggestions how to thicken a delicious--but very thin---lentil soup a friend made for me. She filled it with some good veg (plus I have some freshly cooked okra to add, left from my lunch,) but it needs something to bulk up the broth. (I often add a dollop of sour cream to the top of soups, or a bit of yogurt.) I don't have flour in the house,since, as those who've seen my posts before know (!!), I'm not much of a cook. Any other suggestions would be happily received!

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  1. I would suggest that you puree 1/3 to 1/2 of the solids from the soup in your blender or food processor, then stir the puree back into the rest of the soup.

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    1. re: Dena

      I bet you can guess what I no longer have?? A blender! But my sis upstairs does. Thanks.

      1. re: Lynn

        You can use the back of a large spoon or slotted spatula if you can't score an immersion blender. Or you can add potato starch as Jacques Pepin sometimes does; others have suggested instant mashed potatoes.

    2. Lynn, You could try reducing it. It might intensify the flavors a bit. I also tend to crumble crackers into my lentil soup, which is probably an abomination, but that's how I like it. Really thickens it up too.


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        yvonne johnson

        if you've got a few potatoes, cut them up (peeled of course) into halves/quarters, cook in soup around 15 mins, take a few out and mash them a little (but not a lot) and return to soup. the starch and bulk of pots should thicken the soup.

        if no veg, then simply reduce as someone said.

        adding bread will work to some extent.

        i'm not so sure about the okra, tho! it'll thicken it but might change the soup entirely.

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        1. re: yvonne johnson

          Instant mashed potatoes also work well in a soup, chowdwer, or a stew. I use "Idahoan Real Premium Mashed Potatoes." No peeling neccessary! '-)

        2. You can serve the lentils over rice. Or if its really loose you can simmer the lentils with under cooked white rice.

          1. My wife and I have sort of been working on perfecting a thick lentil stew. We'd suggest bringing it back up to a boil, adding some relatively thick pasta - linguine is our favorite - and then cooking for about another 20 minutes. After this...turn the heat off and let it sit for a good half hour before eating. We find that the stew actually continues to thicken just as it cools.