Lentil Soup

Written by LWM Test Kitchen. Posted in Soup,Stews,& Chili.

Different varieties of Lentils

Traditional Lentil Soup

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup finely chopped onion
2 cloves finely chopped garlic
1/2 cup finely chopped carrot
1/2 cup finely chopped celery
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 pound lentils, picked and rinsed
1 cup peeled and chopped tomatoes
2 quarts chicken or vegetable broth

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground toasted cumin (optional)
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground *grains of paradise
Place the olive oil into a large 6-quart Dutch oven and set over medium heat. Once hot, add the onion, garlic, carrot, celery and salt and cook until the onions become translucent, approximately 7 to 8 minutes. Add the lentils, tomatoes, broth, coriander, cumin and grains of paradise and stir to combine. Increase the heat to high and bring just to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover and cook at a low simmer until the lentils are tender, approximately 35 to 40 minutes. Using a stick blender, puree to your preferred consistency.

Chipotle Lentil Soup

1 tablespoon canola oil
1 small onion or 1/2 medium, chopped
2 large garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons cumin seeds, lightly toasted and ground
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 1/3 cups brown lentils, rinsed and picked over
6 cups water
Salt to taste
1 to 2 canned chipotles in adobo, to taste, rinsed, seeded and sliced, plus a teaspoon of the adobo sauce

Heat the canola oil over medium heat in a large, heavy soup pot. Add the onion. Cook, stirring, until tender, about five minutes. Add the garlic, cumin and tomato paste. Cook, stirring, until the mixture is fragrant, 30 seconds to a minute. Stir in the lentils and water, add salt to taste (1 to 2 teaspoons) and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer until the lentils are very tender, about 50 minutes. Taste and adjust seasoning. Using a hand blender, coarsely purée the soup, or purée half the soup in batches in a blender. (Make sure to remove the stopper from the blender lid and hold a towel tightly down over the top to avoid hot splashes.) Stir the blended soup back into the pot, and combine well. Add the chipotles, and heat through. Taste and adjust seasonings.

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