an excellent lentil soup recipe

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anaranjado
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an excellent lentil soup recipe

Postby anaranjado » Wed Feb 20, 2008 11:54 pm

This lentil soup recipe is the best I have ever tasted, I've made it so often that I start craving it every few weeks.

FRENCH CREAMY LENTIL SOUP
Ingredients:
3 strips bacon, sliced into small pieces
1 large onion, chopped
2 medium carrots, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons thyme, chopped
1 14 oz. can diced tomatoes
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon salt
pepper
1 cup lentils, washed (pref. lentils de puy)
4 1/2 cups broth (I use chicken)
1 1/2 cups water
1/4 cup white wine
1 1/2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
sour cream and fresh parsley to serve (optional)

Method:
Fry bacon pieces until crispy. Put diced onion and carrots into the pot and cook with the bacon. Add garlic and let it cook a few minutes. Add lentils and tomatoes, cook 8-10 minutes on medium-low heat. Add wine, bring to a simmer, add broth and water.

Cook for 30 minutes on low heat, partially covered. When soup is cooked nicely, puree 3 cups of soup in a blender and add 1 1/2 teaspoons of balsamic vinegar. Return pureed mixture to the pot. Salt and pepper as needed. Add parsley and serve with a dollup of sour cream.

I always use the green lentils and I think they really add to the flavor. I also wouldn't skip the balsamic as it really adds a nice depth of flavor. I usually just puree about a cup of it in my mini chopper to mix up the balsamic, but cuts down on the dishes and hassle.

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Postby fennel » Wed Feb 20, 2008 11:57 pm

Bacon soup. Yup.

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Postby Bwis53 » Thu Feb 21, 2008 12:10 am

Best I ever had, out, was a French lentil recipe. It was almost black and very simple, but tasty.

I don't like the recipes that use tomato. If you're out of bacon, a bit of smoked sausage is good too.

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Postby Rosemary » Thu Feb 21, 2008 11:39 am

Ana, this looks really familiar. Where did you get it?

I have everything on hand. I know what I'm doing tonight. Thanks!

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lentil soup

Postby anaranjado » Thu Feb 21, 2008 11:48 am

I found it on Chowhound (the home cooking section of the message board). Someone posted a link to it and it is from some culinary group's recipe board. I'll try to remember the name -- they had some other great looking recipes, too.

Found it:
The Culinary Review

http://www.christonium.com/culinaryrevi ... 6630089131

Let me know how you like it!


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