This comes from my favorite cookbook, Vegetarian cooking for everyone by Deborah Maddison. I LOVE this soup. It is earthy & so satisfying. I make it at least once a month and wanted to post for nutrition info! This soup gets better as it sits!
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 cups finely diced onions
- 3 large garlic cloves
- 3 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1⁄2 cup diced celery
- 1⁄2 cup diced carrot
- 2 bay leaves
- 1⁄2 cup chopped parsley (I use dried)
- 1 1⁄2 cups french green lentils or 1 1⁄2 cups brown lentils, washed
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon red wine or 1 tablespoon sherry wine vinegar
- In soup pot, sauté onion in oil until soft.
- Work minced garlic into 1 teaspoon of salt to form a paste and add to onions.
- Mix in tomato paste. Add celery, carrot bay leaves and parley. Cook 3 minutes.
- Add lentils, 2 quarts of water and 1/2 tsp of salt and bring to a boil.
- Lower heat and simmer 25-30 minutes till everything is tender.
- Stir in mustard and vinegar. Garnish with celery leaves and parsley if desired.
This turned out a little bland. I thought for sure that it would be rich and flavorful because of the vinegar and dijon, but I'm thinking that maybe I should have added more than a tablespoon of each as the recipe indicates. Also, I did this in the slowcooker so I really though the flavors would have come out more. I think I'd make this again, but would probably add some fresh thyme and more dijon to jazz it up a bit.
I absolutely LOVED this soup! I followed the recipe as written, just adding a little garam masala. I loved the dijon mustard and red wine vinegar flavor. I think that fresh parsley is the best way to go with this recipe. I used extra fresh parsley for garnish. Thanx for sharing!
I experimented by adding parsnips, cream and tarragon. I used veg stock instead of water. I left out the celery. It's -10Â°C (15Â°F) here today and this soup is a perfect winter warmer and easy to prepare. It's very filling and has a great texture. When you add cream I think it looks better too. The original recipe may have been a little bland, but all the more reason to experiment and see what other flavours will work. But all in all it's a very nice soup. Thanks for sharing.