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Rosemary Lentil Soup

January 23, 2011

 

Hello Snow!

Snow flurries one day, clear skies and sunshine the next.  Thanks to the unpredictable weather, we have an icicle, almost as tall as I, stretched outside our window and a natural ice rink down the street.  It’s certainly a winter wonderland, complete with seven or eight inches of fluffy snow.

Once the snow began, I made the following simple, slightly spicy soup to ward off any cold chills.  Making something refreshing, yet spicy proved more beneficial than simply bumping up the heat on the thermostat. It’s a meal that truly warms a person up from the inside out, and the feeling lasts!  Best of all, I didn’t have to leave the house for ingredients!

Hope you all are staying dry and warm!  Anyone snowed in making hearty winter meals or treats?

“Warmin’ My Belly” Rosemary Lentil Soup
Serves 8

Ingredients:
1/2 lb potatoes, diced
1 1/2 c. dried brown lentils
1 small onion, diced
2 medium carrots, diced
2 sprigs fresh or frozen rosemary, stemmed and chopped
3 c. vegetable broth
1/2 tsp turmeric
salt and pepper to taste
Optional: 1/4-1/2 tsp jalapeño powder

1: In a large saucepan add potatoes, then fill with water about 1-inch above potatoes.  Bring to a boil, then simmer about 8-10 minutes,  just until they begin to soften. Drain, into a bowl.  Set potatoes aside. Return about water back to pan, no more than 4 cups.
2: In the saucepan with the potato water add lentils. Bring to a boil and cook for 3-5 minutes, until the lentils begin to soften.  Cover slightly and simmer about 30minutes.
3: Heat oil in a sauté pan, add rosemary  and onion.  Sauté about 2 minutes, right before onion becomes translucent. Add carrots and potatoes.  Cook until carrots softened and potatoes become lightly browned, about 10-15 minutes.  Remove from heat and add vegetables to lentils, along with broth, turmeric (and jalapeño powder). Continue to simmer lentils about 15 more minutes or until lentils texture suits preference.  Purée if you wish.  (featured in the photo)

I made my batch a little too spicy.  Oh, but it did warm me up inside and out!

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  1. January 23, 2011 9:45 pm

    I love rosemary. I love lentils. I’ve made very similar soups dozens of times. Awesome!

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