Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Red Lentil Soup [sic]* from

Among the 14 tweets @DomesticVegan produced back on October 25, 2010, was:
Dinner: Red Lentil Soup! One of my favorites! So easy, healthy, and delicious!
For some reason, that stuck with me. It's such a sincere tweet.  She seems so darned wholesome, this Minnesota girl.  Surely I, too, would enjoy this easy, healthy, and delicious dish, despite my flaws and sinful lifestyle.  I could just go to the store to get the ingredients, assemble them according to the recipe, and experience a brief but deeply gratifying period of simple perfection. Enjoy some clarity.  Maybe lapse into some optimistic thoughtfulness, should the moment get a hold of me.  Who knows, I might even plan for my future a little bit, maybe refill a prescription or two. Wouldn't that be swell?

Well, dear reader,  it turns out that Day 3 of VeganMoFo 2010 is the first day of the rest of my life.  I just birthed myself into a bright, hot, thick-and-delicious bowl of red lentils and squash, and by golly it's a beautiful place to be!  My one departure from the rules was adding more cayenne pepper than suggested, and using hot curry powder instead of not hot.  Otherwise, I think this recipe's a winner out of the gate.

Now go simmer yourself some salvation.  (Goes well with beer.)

* "Soup" is not the word I would use to describe my results.  "Stew" is more accurate.  But stew is also more delicious than soup, so I'm not complaining.


  1. Haha, thanks for the shout out! I love this soup so much. I add more liquid than the recipe calls for in order to yield something between a soup/stew, but yours looks just perfect as is.

    I'm not TOO wholesome, though. ;-)

  2. I could never tire from lentil soup. I would have done just what you did too, with the hot curry powder and extra cayenne, just the way I like it!

    I have this creamy red lentil sweet potato soup that I make that is so simple and delivers every time. All this talk of lentils is giving me cravings, thank goodness my lunch is leftover red lentil dal!

  3. As Steve's convalescing houseguest, I can confirm that this is extraordinarily good soup. I'd make it even spicier, but it's great as is. With a leftover pumpkin spice cookie? Amazing.