So, the weather has turned deliciously cool and crisp and my thoughts turn to soup! This is a delicious one I discovered over at Canadian Living. I adore red lentils although really, they do turn golden when cooked. This soup is quick and easy and makes a giant pot. Serves 8. I made a few substitutions and added more spice. Had it for lunch today. Love the crunch/pop of the green peas. Don’t cook until they are mush.
2 Tbsp Olive Oil or Canola (25 ml)
2 onions, chopped
5 cloves of garlic, minced
2 celery stalks, chopped
(1 carrot ,chopped…..my addition)
1 tsp pepper ( 5ml)
1.5 tsp turmeric (6
1.5 tsp cinnamon ( 6ml)
2 tsp ground cumin ( 10 ml)
1 tsp fresh ginger grated or 1/2 tsp. ground (2ml)
salt to taste
6 cups of water or stock (1.5L)( if using water add some low sodium bullion cubes)
1 cup red lentils (250ml)
1 Tsp tomato paste (15ml)
2 potatoes peeled and cubed( I used one regular and one sweet potato) ( Can also use squash insead of potatoes)
1 can stewed tomatoes (19oz/540ml)
1 cup frozen peas( 250ml)
1/4 cup sour cream ( I used non-fat Balkan yogurt)
2 Tbsp parsley(25ml)
1. In large heavy saucepan or Dutch oven, heat oil over medium heat; cook onions, garlic and celery, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes.
2. Add salt, pepper, turmeric, cumin, cinnamon, ginger, and saffron (if using); cook, stirring often, for 2 minutes.
3. Add water/stock, lentils, tomato paste, potatoes and tomatoes, breaking up tomatoes with spoon; bring to boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 40 minutes.
4. Add frozen peas; simmer until peas are cooked, about 5 min. Ladle into bowls. Dollop each with sour cream; sprinkle with parsley.