Lentil Soup

With all of the business surrounding a house move, it’s easy to forget to eat, let alone cook. If there’s any cooking it involves using up items stored in the pantry or defrosted from the freezer, simply so they won’t be packed. The first time around it’s kind of fun – almost like a pantry food show: Here’s what you have, show us what you’ve got. I made this lentil soup for dinner one night before our move and deliberately froze extras for another meal once we settled in. It’s an extremely simple soup to make with minimal ingredients, yet consistently rewarding in comfort, flavor and heartiness – just the thing to fill up on before unpacking a mountain of moving boxes.

Lentil Soup

The brown sugar and Madeira add extra richness and depth to the soup. Serve with baguette slices and any cheese you may need to empty from the refrigerator. Serves 4.

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 medium onion, finely chopped, about 1 cup
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 large carrots, cut in 1/4-inch dice
1 1/2 cups brown lentils, rinsed and sorted through
6 cups chicken stock
1 bay leaf
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon thyme
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon Madeira or Port wine

Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add onion and sauté until translucent, 2-3 minutes. Add garlic and carrots; sauté 2 minutes. Add stock, lentils, bay leaf, salt, pepper and thyme. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer. Cover and cook until lentils are tender, 30 to 40 minutes. Add sugar and port wine. Simmer another 5 minutes. Taste for seasoning. Ladle into bowls and serve hot.

19 thoughts on “Lentil Soup

  1. How exciting a move can be.. I often forget to eat as well, I’m so happy to be setting up:) This is the perfect heart-warming soup for such a task!

  2. A perfect soup to warm the soul and sustain the body during a time of great change. Using up bits and pieces from the pantry is always rewarding, especially with such a tasty soup!

  3. I love the wine added in, the spoons, the picture and of course the soup.

  4. What wonderful planning! I hope your move went very smoothly for you and your family, and hope you are all settling into your new home. Knowing you, you’ll be completely unpacked and organized by Monday :-). Oh wait. I just saw that this post is from 3 days ago. Scratch that – I’ll bet you’re already unpacked, and cooking up your next wonderful meal for all of us.

  5. This looks wonderful! I too love the satisfaction of knowing there is homemade soup in the freezer. That’s the best insurance policy there is. Hope your move went well. Still in the Bay Area? I had hoped we would meet again!

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