Thursday, March 02, 2006

Soup is Good Food - Try Lentil

Mmm mmm good. Campbell's had it right with that ad campaign slogan. Soup is mmm mmm good. And typically good for you. In fact, lentil soup leads the pack in nutritional value. Lentils are a great source of protein, calcium, iron, fiber and magnesium. So not only is lentil soup delicious but it's also very healthy too. And on a day like today when it's 25 degrees but "feels like 5" (don't you love those forecasts?), nothing warms you up better than a bowl of hot soup. So go ahead. Make yourself a pot. And ladel yourself a cup without an ounce of guilt.

2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 large onion, diced
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons garlic, minced
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh ginger, grated
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 1/2 cups lentils, washed and drained
5 cups chicken stock or broth

Lentil Soup

Melt butter over medium-high heat in a large stockpot or Dutch oven (it's important to use a pan with a heavy bottom because your onions will stick to the pan otherwise). Add the onions and salt and sauté the onions until deep brown, about 10 minutes. Reduce heat to low and add garlic, ginger, and pepper. Cook until aromas are released, stirring constantly, about 2 minutes. Add lentils and cook an additional 3 minutes, constantly stirring so the beans are evenly cooked.

Add chicken stock, bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and cook, uncovered, about 1 hour. Stir soup regularly to ensure even cooking so the beans do not burn. When done, beans should be soft inside, with no chalkiness. Serve immediately or keep in the fridge and warm up for on a cold night. Great accompanied with a nice thick piece of Italian or French bread.


Blogger Carol said...

This lentil soup version sounds really good; gotta try it. Lentils really are such a great food. Fabulous in soups but good other ways too. Just had a rice and lentil salad for lunch!

11:58 AM  
Blogger Lynne said...

thx, c. ya, i love lentil soup. i forget how "meaty" it tastes. and with the ginger and garlic - ooh la la. yum.

12:22 PM  
Anonymous abt said...

So-o-o good. I love the stew-like consistency. Heats up very well in the microwave and smells amazing.

6:26 PM  

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