Lentil-Vegetable Soup

It’s a daunting thing, you know.  Not the blogging business – I’m sure this will be a lot of fun. It’s what to post as my first recipe. Do I dazzle with something fabulously inventive? Impress with something complicated? No…let’s go simple, because that’s what a lot of my cooking is. Simple and delicious. Therefore, I present to you the first recipe on Constantly Cooking. This Mexican-inspired lentil soup will tickle your tastebuds and warm your belly. Make a big batch and freeze some. You’ll be glad you did.

Ingredients

1 cup red lentils, rinsed and picked over for stones
1 large onion, chopped fine
1 cup finely diced carrots
½ cup finely diced celery
1 green pepper, diced fine
2 jalapeños, seeded and minced
2 large garlic cloves, minced
1 tbsp olive oil
6 – 8 cups low sodium broth (chicken or vegetable)
1 – 2 tsp chilli powder (I used chipotle chilli powder)
2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
2 whole wheat tortillas
Garnishes: sour cream, lime wedges

This soup will brighten up even the darkest, coldest day. I promise.

Place a large saucepan over medium high heat. Add oil, let it warm, then add all vegetables except garlic. Sauté until softened (about 6 minutes) then add garlic and stir for a minute or two. Add lentils and 6 cups of stock, along with spices. Stir to combine then cover pot and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat and let it simmer for about 25 minutes. At this point, you can check the soup’s consistency and add up to 2 cups more stock if you like your soup thinner.  If you like a finer texture, you can also partially puree the soup using an immersion (stick) blender. Just before serving, cut the tortillas into ½ inch strips and cut those strips in half crosswise. Add tortilla strips to the pot and let them soften for a minute (they will resemble noodles). Ladle soup into warm bowls and add a dollop of sour cream in the middle. Garnish with lime wedges. Don’t skip the lime – it really brightens up the flavour.

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About Paula Roy

Welcome to my kitchen! I play with words and with food. I love simple dishes prepared with passion and am always seeking to find new methods to make food as fun and flavourful as possible. I'm also an enthusiastic explorer of faraway lands and cuisines.
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