Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Red Lentil Soup [sic]* from Allrecipes.com

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.

7 comments:

  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. ;-)

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  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!

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  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.

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