Lentil soup

Posted: November 1, 2013 in Vegetarian

I was walking downtown today, during a dark 7 pm (ah, Daylight Savings Time, you come too late) and rainy, when I came across a group of 13 college boys singing “Sweet Caroline” a cappella on the street corner, dressed in their Halloween gear. I smiled, remembering what it was like to be in an a cappella group in college. I saw Pitch Perfect last year and hated it, but it captured the oblivious awkwardness of a cappella culture: the overdone 60-80s songs; the ‘modern’ take on Ace of Base; the strange air of coolness that being able to sing ‘doo-wops’ in harmony gave you on a college campus (or so us a cappella people like to make ourselves believe it did. There’s nothing that brings back college nostalgia for me as intensely as an a cappella group, and tonight I was so grateful for the teenage boys nearing their 20s for the memory.

For tonight – a great lentil soup recipe that I adapted from Alton Brown. Not the most photogenic of my creations, but one of the most delicious. A warning, however: Lentils inspire serious flatulence. Enough said.


2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup finely chopped onion
1/2 cup finely chopped carrot
1/2 cup finely chopped celery
1 chopped sweet potato
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1.5 cups 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

Place the olive oil into a large 6-quart Dutch oven and set over medium heat. Once hot, add the onion, carrot, celery and salt and sweat until the onions are translucent, approximately 6 to 7 minutes. Add the lentils, sweet potato 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. Serve immediately.

  1. KP says:

    That last sentence about flatulence… another reason I love this blog more than any other food blog.

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