Thursday, February 23, 2012

Lentil Soup

Yes, it looks like mud but it tastes oh so good.

This lentil soup isn't spicy-hot; I'd categorize it as spicy-flavorful. If you're worried that it will be too hot for you, you can always cut the cayenne in half. But I think you'll miss the flavor. As made, I got eight servings of soup from this recipe.

  • 16 ounces lentils
  • 2 carrots, peeled and coarsely diced
  • 2 celery stalks, coarsely diced
  • 8 cups water or stock or a mixture
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, put through a press or otherwise mashed
  • 1 16-ounce can chopped tomatoes
  • ½ C minced cilantro leaves
  • ½ t cayenne
  • 1 t ground cumin

  1. In a large stock pot, combine the lentils, carrots, celery, and water or stock. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat to low.
  2. Cover and cook until the lentils are done, stirring occasionally. My lentils take about 20 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil over medium heat in a small skillet and sauté the onions and garlic until soft.
  4. Add the cayenne and cumin and stir well. Cook for about a minute.
  5. Add the tomatoes (including the juice) to the skillet, and cook for a few minutes.
  6. When the lentils are done, add the mixture from the skillet to the large stock pot and stir well.
  7. Use an immersion blender to puree the soup. We prefer a fairly smooth texture; if you like your soup chunkier, just blend a little bit.
  8. Enjoy!


Ben said...

It does look like mud, we need smell-o-net for this to work... :)

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