Aleppo pepper is a dried ground chile that looks like crushed red pepper but has undertones of cumin and fruit, plus less heat. If you like a mild kick, sprinkle it on almost anything: eggs, roasted veggies, even peanut butter toast.




  • In a 5- to 6-quart pot heat 2 Tbsp. olive oil over medium. Add onion, ginger, and garlic. Cook 8 minutes or until softened, stirring occasionally. Stir in ras el-hanout and Aleppo pepper. Cook 1 minute or until fragrant. Add tomatoes, lentils, broth, and 2 cups water.

    Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Cover; simmer 25 minutes or until lentils are tender, stirring occasionally. Season to taste with salt and black pepper. Top each serving with yogurt, additional pepper flakes, and cilantro. Makes 8 servings.

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If desired, omit fresh tomatoes and use 1, 14.5-ounce can petite diced tomatoes, undrained, and reduce water to 1 1/2 cups.

Nutrition Facts

425 calories, 6 g fat (1 g saturated fat, 0 g polyunsaturated fat, 3 g monounsaturated fat), 1 mg cholesterol, 515 mg sodium, 67 g carbohydrates, 17 g fiber, 6 g sugar, 25 g protein.