Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Lentil Tomato Soup

I am not much for soups, but I have to say this one pot cooking is working for me. Truly, it is the garnish that makes a dish. It takes all the intense flavors and ingredients - you know the ones that have been cooking in that big pot, every spoonful tastes the same - and it adds that panache. Green onions are great for doing this. They are fresh, easy to clean and chop. They look good over anything, making it look a little extra fancy. Fresh basil and cilantro are always excellent too. Seriously - don't leave them out!

Lentil Tomato Soup

1 Anaheim pepper
1 Poblano pepper
1 medium sweet onion
2 Tb. Ghee

1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp. smoked paprika
1 tsp thyme
1 tsp turmeric 

1 c. lentils - mixed colors
4ish c. water
1/2 can broth
1/2 c. crushed tomatoes

Olive Oil/Sriracha/Butter for sauce topping
Green Onion/Cilantro Garnish

Melt Ghee, Butter or EVOO. Add onion and peppers. Soften/Carmelize. Add spices. Add Lentils, mix, add water and bring to boil - lower heat and simmer until lentils are almost cooked. Blend 1/4 - 1/2 mixture for desired thickness of soup. Add broth and crushed tomatoes. Cook until lentils are done. Serve and top with green onion and cilantro. 

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