Red Lentil Soup

Red Lentil Soup

Did you know 2016 was the International Year of the Pulses? True story. While I have been enjoying legumes (beans and lentils) for several years now, I quite enjoyed seeing new recipes pop up on my radar. I adapted this from the vegan cooks at Thug Kitchen. The red lentils break down in no time and are easily puréed for a smooth soup.
It’s very easy to make and I think you’ll enjoy every bite!

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 medium russet potato, cut into small cubes
  • 2 carrots, chopped into 5cm rounds
  • 2 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 cups red lentils, rinsed
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 3 cups still warm, boiled water
  • grated lemon zest from one lemon
  • juice of half of that lemon
  • freshly cracked pepper to taste
  • a squeeze of lemon at the end

Directions

  1. Grab a large soup pot and heat the oil over medium heat.
  2. Add the onion and let it sauté for 3 minutes, until it starts getting soft and slightly golden.
  3. Add the potato and carrot. Sauté for another 2 minutes.
  4. Add garlic and spices. Sauté for another 30 seconds and then add the salt, lentils, broth, and water.
  5. Let the lentils simmer, uncovered for 15-20 mins, until they are soft and falling apart, stirring occasionally.
  6. Add the lemon zest and juice and turn off the heat.
  7. At this point, you have a choice – eat as is, or purée the lot. You can also purée half and leave half to add some texture. I tried both, and went with puréed in the end.

Serve warm with a squeeze lemon, and a crack of fresh black pepper.

Enjoy!

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