I'm hoping it's just my excitement for the holiday season, but I have consumed SO MUCH sugar in the past couple weeks. In an effort to help counteract my massive sweet tooth, I looked through my Soup Club file and tried to pick one of the healthier soups of the bunch. Sunna's recommendation, Four Corners Lentil Soup, was exactly what I was hoping to find. This soup is as flavorful as it is light, and I love that I could have eaten the whole pot and not have felt an ounce of guilt. The cumin and lemon flavors brought me back to all the Mexican soups and stews my grandmother used to make when I was a child. And I don't even think I have to mention how stunning those ruby and amber hues are.
Four Corners Lentil SoupIngredients
1 cup red lentils, picked over and rinsed very well
1 large onion, or a couple leeks, chopped
5 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tbsp. minced ginger root
1 Tbsp. Ground cumin
¼ tsp. cayenne pepper
1 15 oz. can of tomatoes; or 4 large, fresh tomatoes, chopped
4 cups stock
salt to taste
1 un-waxed, organic lemon
1. Rinse the lentils very well until the water runs clear.
2. Heat oil in a medium pot and sauté onions, garlic and ginger for 5 minutes until soft. Add a pinch of salt.
3. Add spices and stir for another minute or so, until fragrant.
4. Add tomatoes, 3 slices of lemon and rinsed lentils, then add vegetable stock. Stir well.
5. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer for about 30 minutes, or until the lentils are soft. Squeeze in the rest of the lemon juice.
6. Serve hot with some cilantro, green onions or parsley on top with a slice of lemon. Delicious!
- I used chicken stock instead of veggie. I'll most likely stick to using chicken stock from now on because I always have it on hand.
- Tomatoes are way out of season for us at this point, so I used canned.
- Instead of adding lemon slices to the soup, I added the zest of one lemon when I added the spices. This added a POWERFUL citrus punch. I'm big on lemon in soups, but if you prefer a more subtle flavor, I would stick to using the slices as suggested.