Soup is the perfect food to push you into accepting the cold weather. I don’t know what it is but I can’t stand cold weather anymore. I have almost a phobia of it, that’s why I decided to get into soup mode. I need to be greeted with a warm, liquidy, slightly chunky bowl of food that’s just too cozy for summer.
This soup is super flavourful and as nutritious as soup gets. Lots of garlic, accented with onions the appropriate blend of spices and plenty of turmeric. If you’re a hot sauce aficionado like I am you may want to add a few dashes of cayenne to your bowl or just hot sauce. This soup is also great for those who are new to cooking, don’t like trying different ingredients or are budget-conscious as it’s made with basic pantry items. In addition it only takes about half an hour to cook so you won’t be spending all night in the kitchen. Enjoy!
- 1 small onion, diced
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 1/2 cups red lentils
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
- several dashes of black pepper
- 4 dashes of oregano
- 2 dashes of paprika (optional)
- dash or two of cayenne (optional)
- 4 cups vegetable broth
- 1 1/2 cups water (you can change the liquid to either all broth or all water if you want)
- Add the vegetables and oil to a large pot and cook on medium heat for 3 minutes. Rinse your lentils and add them with the broth, water, and all the spices to the pot. Increase the heat to high.
- Stir occasionally, just to to make sure the lentils don’t stick. Bring this to a boil and let it boil for 1 minute then reduce heat to medium-low.
- Let it simmer on medium-low for 20 minutes, stirring every so often just so the lentils don’t stick.If your lentils are not soft enough after all this time cook for an extra couple minutes.
- Serve into as many bowls as there are people eating. Or, let it cool then transfer to a container to store in the fridge