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!