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Curried Lentil Soup: Vegetarian, Vegan, or Not January 5, 2012

Filed under: Recipes — DarlinRae @ 12:31 am
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Now, I’m not vegetarian.  And I’m definitely not vegan.  My love for cheese knows no bounds, and the thought of giving it up is actually kind of terrifying.  But sometimes, a meatless dish is just what the doctor ordered.  Especially when that dish is warm, spicy and hearty, even without the meat.

Enter Curried Lentil Soup from Epicurious.  This recipe is extremely simple to make, and also can be made ahead of time to serve the next day, which makes it a great dish for potlucks, or to freeze as an emergency meal when you just don’t feel like cooking.  I can vouch for the fact that leftovers taste great for days!  And, if you want to make it vegetarian/vegan friendly, just sub in vegetable broth for the chicken broth and PRESTO!  Everyone’s happy :)

Curried Lentil Soup adapted from Epicurious

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 large potato
  • 1 large carrot
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 tbsp curry powder (I used curry paste and it worked out just fine!)
  • 2 cups lentils, rinsed and drained (I’m lazy. I didn’t do this. It still worked)
  • 2 quarts chicken or vegetable broth (the original recipe called for less, but I found the lentils sucked up a LOT of liquid, and I wanted to retain the “soupiness” of the soup, so I added more.  Feel free to add more if you think it’s necessary)
  • 1 (one) 28oz can diced tomatoes
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. In large pot, heat oil on medium.  Add veggies and sautee until tender
  2. Add curry and cayenne pepper and sautee a few additional minutes, until very fragrant
  3. Add broth, lentils and tomatoes (with juices).  Simmer for 45 minutes or until lentils are very tender, stirring occasionally
  4. Season to taste with salt and pepper

Not the best picture in the world, but you get the idea!

And there you have it.  A perfectly delicious and (GASP!) healthy soup.  Serve it with crackers, or toast, or just some bread and butter.  Or maybe, some cheese on the side if you’re at all like me :)

 

 
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