Monday, January 25, 2010

More Soup

I love soup. I can eat soup in any season. Soup makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. This time of year, it helps to feel warm and fuzzy. When it's hot out, I don't really want to feel that way, but that's what happens when you eat soup. Yes, there are chilled soups and gazpacho, but I'm a hot soup kind of girl. Come to think of it, eating soup on my deck on a hot summer day sounds perfect right now!

Mediterranean Lentil Soup

  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 large carrot, diced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt n pepper
  • 1 cup brown lentils, rinsed well
  • ½ cup red lentils, rinsed well
  • 1 bunch parsley
  • ½ head garlic – peeled & left whole
  • 2 quarts water
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seed
  • 1 lemon

Saute onion & carrot in olive oil until tender.
Season with salt & pepper.
Add water & lentils.
Separate the parsley leaves & stems. Wrap the stems along with the peeled garlic in cheesecloth.
Add to pot.
Bring soup to a boil & simmer until the brown lentils are very soft. (the red will have broken up)
Toast cumin seeds & crush in a mortar and pestle.
Chop parsley leaves and set aside.
When the soup is done remove cheesecloth, squeezing out broth.
Add the crushed cumin and more salt and pepper if necessary.
Serve with chopped parsley and a squeeze of lemon.

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