Thursday, December 1, 2011

Lemony Lentil Soup



When I start doling out the lentil soup, you know it's winter.  This particular soup however, has a hint of summer. The secret is lemon. The zest and juice freshens it up no end and gives it a nice lift.  Lentils are such a wonderful alternative to meat, delicious, filling and full of protein.  As with all the soups I cook, this is more of a blueprint, sometimes I'll use leeks, another day parsnips or sweet potato, it all depends on whats lurking at the back of the fridge.  Almost any winter veggie will do.  The following list are the ingredients used for this particular brew.

1 onion, finely chopped
2 leeks, finely chopped and very well washed
4 carrots, chopped
1 large sprig of rosemary, minced
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 celery stalks, chopped
olive oil
zest and juice of a large lemon
 32 oz organic chicken broth
1 cup of lentils

Heat the olive oil in a large pot.

Add the onions, leeks, celery, carrots, lemon zest, rosemary, garlic.  Season with salt and pepper and saute on a low heat for approximately 10 minutes, or until soft.

Add the lentils and stir to combine thoroughly.

Pour in the chicken stock, bring to the boil and turn down to a simmer.

Partially cover and simmer away for at least 45 minutes - or until lentils are soft.

Squeeze in the lemon juice and stir.

If you like the soup really thick, puree a cup of the liquid and pour back into the soup to thicken.

Check the seasonings, serve sprinkled with Parmesan cheese and a few more chopped herbs.

28 comments:

  1. Looks good and such a pretty bowl too!

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  2. I can't wait to make this soup perfect for winter...thanks

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  3. that is a beautiful bowl, and the doup looks wonderful,!!!!!

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  4. Love this recipe... Nothing like warm soup on a cold day right?

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  5. A delicious looking soup Mary and just perfect for the time of year!!

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  6. okay, adding this one to my list! Thanks.

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  7. oh yes, lentil soup is definitely a sign of winter. What a nice idea to put lemon in it, that would certainly be nice fresh.

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  8. I love lentil soup and this sounds really delicious. Diane

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  9. I love lentils with a small amount of tomato, never tried with lemons, never heard of it. Must try.

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  10. You are a wonderful cook - I love the way you improvise! This soup looks delicious and the lemon makes it sound fresh and delightful! Your picture brings such pretty colors out too! Thanks Mary~

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  11. I am reminded that I have not eaten lentils in far too long. The reminder is one reason I adore my fellow bloggers.

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  12. Yum! Lentil soup is a favorite in our house. My girls love it! I've never done a lemony version though. I'll try that next time. Thanks

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  13. This sounds delicious. I love the twist that lemon gives so many dishes. Great recipe!

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  14. Oh, I'd make my soup exactly as you did! It looks amazing!!! I'm due for some yummy lentil soup~

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  15. I love soups Mary and this look delicious!

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  16. I could so use a big ol' bowl of this right now. I am so tired of eating out, while waiting on my kitchen to get finished.

    I am thinking that the hint of lemon is delicious..

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  18. That looks lovely Mary! Lentil soup is a real tummy warmer and yours looks fabulous! xxoo

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  19. okay note to self, I have got to start using lentils more in my cooking. I swear I see so many wonderful recipes with them. This soup looks downright delicious and so comforting. I love the lemon flavor added to it.

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  20. The soup looks perfect on a cold evening. In India lentils are a part of our everyday diet, but I have never added carrots...I need to try to this one.

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  21. I've been looking for something to make with lentils. We haven't had them before and it's something I think we might enjoy. :)

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  22. mmmm lentil soup! It's one of my favorites. It's so rich and hearty and soothing. I love the idea of adding fresh lemon.

    Jackie

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  23. What a delicious idea :) Ive just bookmarked to try out tomorrow. Thanks! Belle

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  24. On Saturday morning I go to one new blog and see if anything interesting is cooking there. lentils are very common to Indians. And I do love to add vegetables in it. I have posted one recipe of that.This one looks very inviting. I am in love with your blog and following you. Stop by whenever time permits and feel free to join.I have ginger tea ready for you when ever you come.

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  26. Lemon with lentil! This sounds like a delicious combination.

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