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Lentil Vegetable Soup

March 27th, 2008 | 4 Comments »


Lentil Vegetable Soup

2 c. small french green lentils, washed and picked over
6 c. water

Combine in large stockpot and bring to a boil. Simmer about 20 minutes, or until tender. Drain and reserve. Use any form of lentil you wish; the small green ones hold their shape nicely for a good texture in soup.

In a large soup pot, I heated olive oil. Into the oil went two small yellow onions, diced; about 5-6 small carrots, peeled and diced and one yam, peeled and diced. I cooked the vegetables until soft over medium-high heat, then turned down the flame and allowed them to brown slowly, stirring occasionally. After about 25 minutes, I added in two cloves of minced garlic and a cup of cooked wheatberries. I browned it for another 10 minutes, then added in two cans of diced tomato, a quart of water and the cooked lentils. I brought this to a simmer, then stirred in about 2-3 cups of shredded spinach. I seasoned it with a little white pepper, cumin and Prudhomme’s Vegetable Magic seasoning. Five minutes later I turned off the flame.

The browning of the vegetables was solely to add flavor to the soup. It isn’t important, but I like a deep flavorful soup base and I was out of any kind of base except chicken and I didn’t want that. The variations on this recipe are endless and imaginative; Heidi tosses out lots of options on her site. The saffron cream was very good but the soup tasted delicious even without it.

4 responses to “Lentil Vegetable Soup”

  1. katie says:

    The lentil soup sounds delicious! So sorry to hear your battling an awful bug!
    Mon mari and I are not quite so agreeable, when it comes to ilness. He wants to be absolutely left alone…and assumes I do as well. He does take care of the house and dogs, though, and makes certain that I have quiet – so all is not lost….

  2. Jonathan says:

    Feel better. You have a great support system there… that’s great. I swear, I think this year has been the absolute worst for me too w/ illness. I work in a school and it’s like a rotating door of sickness. I haven’t felt completely well since October… no lie! Feel better!! Summer is on the way.

    amy @http://www.weareneverfull.com

  3. Carolyn T says:

    Gosh, so sorry you’ve been so sick. I keep hearing that so many people have been down with the flu/cold bug this year. Worse than usual . . . well, it hangs on longer than usual. I’ve been lucky, knock on wood, that I haven’t caught it. Your soup looks wonderful, and probably JUST what the doctor would have ordered. Feel better.

  4. Oh, Kate! I’d be happy to run up a batch of my Health Blast Veggie Soup (soon to be posted.) It’s no fun being sick for so long. Feel better!