Wish Upon A Dish: Yellow Lentil Soup

December 15, 2010

Yellow Lentil Soup

Cream of Yellow Lentil Soup
Serves 6-8
* 1 yellow onion - diced fine
* 4 cloves garlic - diced fine
* 1/2 tsp ginger
* 1 tsp curry powder
* 1 tsp cumin
* 1 tsp turmeric
* 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
* salt and pepper to taste
* 2 cups yellow lentils, rinsed (can use green or red)
* 6 and 1/2 cups of water
* 3 cups of unsweetened soy milk
* 1 Tbsp butter
* 2 lemons zest and juice
* Roasted Red Peppers and Pesto for garnish (optional)

-On medium heat in a large soup pot in a drizzle of olive oil gently saute the onion and garlic for 5 minutes.

-After 5 minutes add the lentils and all of the spices and cook and stir for another 3 minutes.

-After 5 minutes add the water and the soy milk to the pot and simmer gently for 20 - 30 minutes until the lentils are soft but still have a bite to them. This part of the process is really subjective. I like my lentils still a bit firm, you might want them completely soft. I wanted my soup not too thick and broken down, you might want them silky and smooth. Just adjust the heat/water amount/cooking time and have fun with it.

-Once the consistency and lentils are to your liking, around 25 minutes, add the butter and stir though.

Top with a squirt of tubed pesto and some chopped red peppers.

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