Curried Lentil Soup

I have been eyeing a new soup recipe for a while now and this Saturday night, I finally got around to trying it out.  Unfortunately, I can’t take much of the credit for the fabulousness of this dish (it was originally from Bon Appetit), but I did add a couple of small changes to make it my own.  I have a subscription to Bon Appetit, but their website is chock full of them!  This soup hit all the right spots:

  • Filling & Satisfying
  • Full of protein, fiber, and texture
  • Spicy
  • Straight-forward and versatile

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I am officially adding this to my recipe stash and will be making it in the future many times!  Sometimes curries can be overwhelming and include a ton of ingredients or spices that most people don’t already have in their kitchen.  Though I love them, I have to admit that I don’t make as many as I would like because they do require so much planning ahead.  How is this soup any different?  It only contains one spice.  No, that’s not a typo!  And trust me, you would never guess based on tasting the dish.

The rest of the ingredients are simple, easily available, and I’m guessing most people already have them right at home in their pantry.  It comes together in about 45 minutes and makes excellent leftovers for a hearty lunch or simple dinner.

The secret ingredient (ok, ok—it’s pureed chickpeas!) adds a richness and creaminess to the dish.  Top it with a nice dollop of greek yogurt of European yogurt (from Trader Joes—my personal favorite) and you’ve got dinner on the table.

Now, I absolutely love spicy food and have a high tolerance for it, but this soup was spiiiccccy.  I originally went with the recipe’s call for two tablespoons of curry powder—but I suggest you start with a tablespoon and a half (all my adaptations are starred below!) and go from there.  There are many different types of curry powder out there varying in quality and heat, so make sure you adjust according to your taste preferences.  If you do find yourself with a soup that is way too spicy, add an additional cup or two of stock to dilute and continue to simmer slowly.

Remember it’s always better to add more spice as you go!

Curried Lentil Soup

Curried Lentil Soup

Yield: 4-6 Servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 2 medium carrots, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 large garlic cloves, minced, divided
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon (4 and 1/2 teaspoon) curry powder
  • 1 cup French, green lentils
  • 5 cups vegetable or chicken stock, divided
  • 1 15 oz can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Using large soup pot, turn on heat to medium and add 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Once heated, add chopped carrots and onions and cook for 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add half chopped garlic and cook for an additional 4 minutes, stirring. You want the onions to be translucent in color, but not brown.
  2. Add curry powder to the pot, stirring for 1 minute until fragrant.
  3. Add lentils and 5 cups of stock to pot. Turn up heat to boil and immediately lower, allowing the soup to lightly simmer for 30 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, using food processor, puree canned chickpeas, remaining garlic, lemon juice, 1/4 cup stock, and 1 tablespoon olive oil. Put aside.
  5. Add chickpea puree and butter (please don’t leave this out—it adds great flavor!). Stir and season with salt. Add more broth until the soup has reached the desired consistency! It’s great on the thicker side. Serve with a dollop with yogurt.

Notes

Adapted Slightly from Bon Appetit.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 316 Total Fat: 13g Saturated Fat: 4g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 9g Cholesterol: 11mg Sodium: 500mg Carbohydrates: 39g Fiber: 12g Sugar: 9g Protein: 13g
A Beautiful Plate provides nutritional information, but these figures should be considered estimates, as they are not calculated by a registered dietician.

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It’s great served with a nice piece of freshly baked bread..but that will have to wait for another post!

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If you want, play around and try to create pretty designs with the yogurt, but don’t be surprised if the soup is already cold by the time you’re pleased with the result!

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Ok, go make this now! And be sure to report back.  I promise you won’t be disappointed!