Monday, November 7, 2011

Fall Harvest Red Lentil Soup

I figure if it's going to start snowing in October in New Jersey, then it's game on for soup season and I'd better step it up a little. What I love about this soup, aside from its deliciousness, is how there is some nice protein slipped in from the red lentils. You can't really tell because the other flavors are more prominent, but it's nice to know you're getting a well balanced meal. In your face early winter.

Yield: 6-8 servings

4 tablespoons unsalted butter (or olive oil)
2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped
3 large carrots, peeled and chopped
1 apple, peeled, cored and chopped
1 onion, chopped
1/2 cup red lentils
1/2 teaspoon finely grated fresh ginger
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon paprika
4 cups vegetable broth or chicken broth
plain yogurt

1.      Melt the butter in a large, heavy bottomed pot over medium-high heat. Add the sweet potatoes, carrots, apple and onion. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are translucent, about 10 minutes.
2.      Stir in the lentils, ginger, salt, pepper, cumin, chili powder, paprika, and vegetable broth. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the lentils and vegetables are soft, about 30 minutes.
3.      Using an immersion blender, puree soup until smooth (or puree in blender in batches).
4.      Bring soup back to a simmer over medium-high heat and cook for about 10 minutes. Add water as needed to thin to your preferred consistency. Serve garnished with yogurt.

apple and vegetables

I used a honeycrisp apple, because that's my favorite.
chopped carrot
chopped sweet potato
apple and vegetables in the pot
adding spices and red lentils

If you want to increase the protein content more, you
can add more lentils (just increase the broth a little).
broth added
cooked and ready to blend

You can skip the blending (or blend only halfway) if you like it chunky.
This is a very thick soup - if you like yours thinner, just add more broth.

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