I just was watching the Today show and saw Alison Roman making her chickpea stew (#thestew)and it reminded me of this lentil soup. It’s pretty much the same stew (soup)just with lentils. And she adds a dimension of creaminess to her chickpea version with the addition of full fat coconut milk. I will be making the chickpea stew very soon because it looks fantastic and I’m a huge chickpea fan. In the meantime, here is my lentil version for you to enjoy!It’s truly not that 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 kids 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 to rinse my lentils before adding them. 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!
slightly updated from March 2015
Lentil Soup with Caramelized Onions
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- 1 shallot chopped fine (or use an onion)
- 2 cups vegetable stock
- 2 cups of water
- 2 cups dried lentils rinsed
- 1 cup water
- 1 teaspoon of turmeric
- pinch cayenne more if you like it spicy
- 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
- 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.