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Lentil Soup with Caramelized Onions


Lentil Soup with Caramelized Onions

What have you been up to lately? I know many of you are still facing not so pretty winter conditions and I think you could use a bowl of lentil soup with a nice topping of caramelized onions. You could probably use a little more than a bowl of hot soup, but I think this is a warm beginning!



I have friends that are moving up north this summer, and everyone pretty much thinks they're crazy to leave the warmth of Florida winters to go right to the depths of winter madness: dealing with snow, digging out snow, snow tires, learning how to drive on icy roads, layers of winter clothing.

And let me tell you this, it is 4 in the morning really if you calculate the time before the time changed yesterday and I can't sleep! So that is why I am up finishing up this post with this really great and so easy to make soup before it is sunny and hot in the rest of the world. Usually that is how it works with my blog. I make something that is appropriate for the season and by the time I get around to editing the photos and putting the post together, it is not quite what you would be dreaming of eating. So before it is popsicle and ice-cream season again, I give you this lovely and simple soup.
Lentil Soup with Caramelized Onions

Not so simple, as the caramelized onions add a fantastic addition of sweetness and the overall extra addition of awesomeness that it gives this sort of boring soup (yes, my kid will be mortified: I used the word awesomeness!). How easy is it to make lentil soup with fresh lentils? SOOO easy! Yes, people, there is no excuse not to make your own lentil soup and ditch the canned ones. I like rinse my lentils before adding them. Also, everyone has a preference on their lentil soup consistency. Do you like yours a little more liquidy? If so, add more water. Want yours more thick? Very easy! Just add less water. If the situation is that you are more of thick lentil soup kinda of a person, start off with 3 parts of liquid, as opposed to 4. You could always add more as it cooks along. In case you are vegan or vegetarian, this soup is perfect for you! If you are vegan, you could use a vegan sour cream on top or soy yogurt (or skip that part). If you aren't vegan or vegetarian, you could use chicken broth instead of vegetable broth! If you are following a GF diet, this soup is also something for you to consider!


Lentil Soup with Caramelized Onions

by Savoring Italy
Prep Time: approx 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients (4 servings)
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 shallot, chopped fine (or use an onion)
  • 2 cups vegetable stock
  • 2 cups of water
  • 2 cups lentils, rinsed
  • 1 cup water
  • pinch cayenne
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup plain low-fat yogurt (for serving) (use soy if vegan)
  • 3 tablespoons fresh chopped herbs (I used parsley)
Instructions
To caramelize the onion,heat the olive oil in a pan over moderate heat. Throw in the onion and cook until beginning to brown. Sprinkle sugar evenly over onions and continue to cook until onions are brown, sweet, and sticky. You could omit the sugar if you would like it less sweet and it will still be delicious.

While the onions are caramelizing, in a medium saucepan, combine lentils with water, broth, cayenne, turmeric, salt, and pepper. 

Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until lentils are soft and beginning to break down. You could smash some of the lentils against the side of the pan with a spoon to thicken the soup. Add the caramelized onions to the soup. If lentils look to dry, you could add more water or broth.

Turn off heat, and stir in chopped parsley and lemon juice. Ladle into bowls and serve with the low-fat yogurt and the chopped fresh herbs.

19 comments

  1. Well for one I think this lentil soup and those delicious looking caramelized onions rock! For me it doesn't effect me at all that your blog has the name cake in it and you post other recipes besides cake. That makes you well rounded in my opinion. No shame in your name!

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  2. Love the idea of caramelized onions on top of my soup!!

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  3. Those onions look fantastic!!! I'd love a big bowl of this soup right now!

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  4. I think "awesomeness" is the perfect word to describe this soup! What a fantastic combination of flavors and textures, Lora.

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  5. Pretty sure the cold is over here in Arizona but I still would love a big bowl of this

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  6. You had me at "caramelized onions". They are my favorite! Yeah, I live in NY and I can say your friends should definitely stay in Florida LOL

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  7. Even though it's warm in Florida, I would enjoy this..love that you added caramelized onions!

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  8. I love good salt of the earth dishes like a big pot of lentils. I bet the sweetness of the caramelized onions is the perfect complement to them!

    So, we've already talked about the name thing, but if you want to change, what about something like Kitchen Duchess? It's sort of all-encompassing...but do you want to deal with the identity change? ;) You know you can call me to talk about it anytime! xo

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  9. What a beautiful way to have lentil soup. Thanks for this great idea!

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  10. First, I love the recipe and am looking forward to making this warm and healthy lentil soup. Now for your blog name. I think it is a good name and I do the same with my name. Vegan in the Freezer. Somedays I want a salad and you can't freeze a salad. So I put some stuff on my blog that you can't freeze and just say so. No one cares. Just so the recipe is good. Cake Duchess is a great name. Maybe change the tagline. That is easy. From 'my baking adventures' to something like 'and creator of all recipes'. :)

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  11. We're just starting to thaw out here in Illinois, but it's still on the chilly side. I'd happily eat your lentil soup any time of the year. I'm a huge onion fan so I'm thrilled that you've added a layer of caramelized onions. Nice touch! I'm pinning your recipe and hope to get it made before summer hits. If not, I'm a fan of chilled soups too, so I'll bet this would still be good.

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  12. I love lentil soup but I've never added caramelized onions to it, even though I love them in other lentil dishes. I'll have to try it next time - I bet it's amazing!

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  13. We are so fortunate that we are actually having nice weather this week! But I am one who could eat soup all year long! Looks great!

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  14. Haha! Living in northern Michigan, I can fully endorse your description of moving to "the depths of winter madness..." as entirely accurate. Since I'll likely be dealing with snow until late April-early May, a steamy bowl of earthy lentil soup and sweet onions is a perfect warm up that I can enjoy for weeks to come.

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  15. I'm with Kirsten, we're right across the border from each other. Moving anywhere north is madness. Most of use are dreaming of going south, lol.

    I'm like you, I always think I'll be timely and on point with recipes then I get sidelined. I'm flipping Irish and there's no recipe for St Patty's yet, I mean c'mon now. I'm a bad blogger.

    I think it's a-okay your blog has the word cake but you post anything you want. I'm sure people get it. I mean I'm not actually a lunatic. Or not officially anyway.

    And this recipe is amazing. I love caramelized onions so very much. This soup is absolutely perfection. I would slurp it right up.

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  16. Thanks. Now I'm craving lentil soup with caramelized onions ;) (which look uh-amazing!!!)
    I had never thought about adding caramelized onions which is such a nice touch!
    And it's true - there is no excuse to use canned lentils, fresh ones work perfectly. I can't wait to try your recipe!

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  17. oh, the comings and goings of being a food blogger, I know them well, we all do! Whether it's the random posting, or not so seasonal recipe, or the blog name or the design (that one bugs me to no end)... I think it's refreshing to want to change.
    We're slowly ending summer, but it has been a very hot week. I'm very happy to live in a mild weather city; extreme cold, I certainly don't want that change! Love lentils and the touch of caramelizad onions Lora!

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  18. […] by the way, I just remembered, I need to get back my favorite red bowl! I was debating on making this soup again and also this one, but decided to go with my […]

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