Prep 20 mins
Cook 1 hr 30 mins
This is a recipe of my DH's, when I met him he was already a foodie. Lucky me!
- 1⁄2 cup diced onion
- 1⁄4 cup diced celery
- 1 1⁄2 cups red lentils (or any color you choose)
- 3 (14 ounce) cans chicken broth (or an equal amount of water)
- 1 sprig fresh rosemary
- 1 sprig fresh dill
- 1 lemon (juice and zest)
- 1 cup Chardonnay wine or 1 cup dry champagne
- salt and pepper
- 1⁄4 cup diced carrot
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- Saute onions, carrots, and celery in olive oil.
- Place sauteed vegetables, dry red lentils, and broth into large soup pot.
- Cover and simmer 1 hour.
- Add rosemary, dill, salt, pepper and the juice and zest from 1 lemon.
- Simmer approximately another 1/2 hour.
- (The zest of the lemon is the yellow layer of the peel. Remove using a zester or a fine grater.).
- Add Chardonnay and serve.
We really enjoyed this soup and were surprised it didn't need any spices. The lemon and wine really carried it. I did adjust the amounts a bit, using less oil, lentils, broth and wine and more vegetables and dill. I also added garlic, decreased the cooking time, and cooked the wine into it a little bit. It has a nice flavor.
I'm so sorry, I really didn't care for this at all. I did use green lentils and turkey broth, so I'm not sure if that made a difference or not. I cut the chardonnay to 1/2 cup and I found it way TOO strong for the soup. I had to cook it for an extra half hour to cook off some of the wine. I also think the dill/rosemary/lemon combo was a bit strange. Thank you for posting, I just don't think this was a good match to our taste buds.
Loved this soup!!!