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Red Lentil Soup

Quentin Bacon
Active time 20 mins
Total time 1 hr
Yield 6 to 8
SoupCycle in Portland, Oregon, offers soups with wacky names ranging from Flemish Farm (a vegan take on French onion soup) to Who Framed Ginger Rabbit (carrot soup with ginger). Owners Jed Lazar and Shauna Lambert call this lentil soup Pot of For Goodness Sake! because the ingredients are so healthy.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 onion, cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 large celery rib, cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 1 large carrot, cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 1 (6 ounces) baking potato, peeled and cut into 1-inch dice
  • 1 (8 ounces) rounded cup red lentils
  • 1 1/2 quarts vegetable stock or broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper

How to Make It

  1. In a large saucepan, heat the oil. Add the onion and garlic and cook over moderately high heat until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add the celery and carrot and cook over moderate heat for 5 minutes. Add the potato, lentils and stock; bring to a boil. Cover and simmer until the vegetables are very tender, 40 minutes.

  2. Puree the soup in batches and return it to the saucepan. Add the cumin, cayenne and lemon juice and season with salt and pepper. Ladle the soup into bowls and serve.