Monday, January 23, 2012

~ Winter's Perfect Soup ~

The boys and I enjoyed this fantastic French Lentil Soup over the weekend.
It is the most perfect soup for several reasons: 
a). It's inexpensive 
b). It's quick 
c). A double batch makes a ton 
d). When you make a ton, it freezes like a dream and simply reheats with the beep beep beep of the microwave  
e). It's healthy and very filling
f). It's simply delicious- as in I've had it for three days in a row and I'm still ready for more!

Okay- that was more than several, but I think you get the idea- it's good.

French Lentil Soup
(from my aunt- not sure where she found it)

Here's what you need:
3 tbsp Olive Oil
2 Cups onion, diced
1 Cup celery, diced
1 Cup Carrots, diced
2-4 cloves of garlic, minced or pressed
4 Cups vegetable broth (highly recommend using Better Than Bouillon)
1 1/4 french green lentils, picked through and rinsed (make sure there the french for the right consistency)
15 oz can diced tomatoes

Spices are optional and to taste:
(I like to use them all because I like flavor!)
1 tsp. cumin
1/2 - 1 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp curry powder
1/4 - 1/2 tsp chili powder 
1/4 - 1/2 tsp black pepper

Here's what you do:

You heat oil in a heavy sauce pan (single recipe fits a 3 quart pan) 
Over med. heat saute' onions, celery, carrots and garlic until they begin to brown- about 15 min.
Note: I like to buy Trader Joe's 'Mirepoix' - all the onion, celery and carrot diced and ready to go! 

Then you add the broth, lentils, tomatoes with the juice and the spices.
Stir and bring to a boil.
Cover the pan and reduce heat to a med-low simmer until the lentils are tender- about 35 min.

Once the lentils are tender, transfer two cups of the soup to a blender and puree until smooth.
Then return the puree to the soup in the pan.

This step gives it a nice, thicker texture.
But it you like it 'soupier' just thin with a little more broth after the puree.
And that's it!

Note: If you want to double this recipe, be sure to puree twice as much soup as well!

We enjoyed our soup with slices of homemade bread and butter.
Just perfect for a winter's evening!



  1. There are few things as satisfying as homemade soup and bread. That looks wonderful.

  2. Save some for Mom - it looks delicious! We ARE having this tonight, right?


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