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Subject: The World's Oldest Known Soup
Date Posted: 3/27/2012 3:19 PM ET
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I made a pot of this today---it's lentil pottage, and goes by the name of Esau's Pottage.  See Genesis Chapter 25, Verses 27 through 35, about how Esau sold his birthright for " that red, red pottage" his brother Jacob had made.  The main ingredients are lamb, lentils, onions and some other vegetables, including a parsnip.  It's a hearty soup, really more like a stew.  It was kind of fun to make since I was able to use some red lentils.  (Swedish-American hubby likes it.) 

Date Posted: 3/27/2012 5:03 PM ET
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Wow, that's so interesting. I always thought it must have been some amazing soup for him to give up his birthright!

Date Posted: 4/14/2012 1:12 PM ET
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Bonnie - would you post the recipe?  Thanks!

Date Posted: 4/14/2012 8:29 PM ET
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Esau's Pottage

     3  1/2 cups sliced onions

     1/2 cup peanut oil

     1 pound ground lamb

      3 cups stewede tomatoes

      1  1/3 cups siced celery

      1 cup sliced carrots

      1 cup diced parsnips

      1 cup diced green pepper

      1 quart water

      1 pound lentils

      1 tablespoon salt

      1/2 teaspoon pepper

In a large saucepot, sauté onions in peanut oil.  Add ground lamb and brown.  Stir in tomatoes, celery, carrots, parsnip, and green pepper.  Add water, lentils, salt and pepper.  Continue cooking over low heat about one and a half hours, or until lentils are tender.  Makes 8 to 10 servings.  (Serve with pita bread.)