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January 11, 2014

The Saturday Simmer: Red and brown lentil soup recipes

Greek lentil soup with red pepper and feta.

Whenever I hear the word earthy in relation to food, I think of lentils. It's not just the color; it's the meaty texture, the aroma, the "mouth feel" of lentils as they collapse into a heady broth. One of the world's healthiest foods, lentils make the best base for soup, whether seasoned with curry spices, paired with spicy sausage, or brightened with salty cheese and lemon, as in this Greek lentil soup with red pepper and feta, from The Perfect Pantry. In addition to being a nutritional powerhouse food, brown lentils are budget-friendly and available in every supermarket. I buy red lentils in large packages in Indian grocery stores, and I use the two types interchangeably in most soup recipes.

Lots and lots of lentil soup recipes caught my eye this week:

Lentil soup with sausage, chard and garlic, from Smitten Kitchen

Red lentil soup with lemon, from 101 Cookbooks

Greek lentil soup with red pepper and feta, from The Perfect Pantry

Lentil soup with sweet potatoes and spinach, from Two Peas & Their Pod

Lentil soup with coriander and cumin, from FatFree Vegan Kitchen

Lentil soup with ground beef and brown rice, from Kalyn's Kitchen

Colombian-style lentil soup, from My Colombian Recipes

Turkish red lentil soup with sumac, from eCurry

Pork and lentil soup, from La Fuji Mama

Spicy Egyptian lentil soup, from A Farmgirl's Dabbles

Hearty lentil and black bean soup with smoked paprika, from Cookin' Canuck

Which will you try first? What intrigues you? Please leave feedback on the original recipe post, and let us know if you've made or adapted any of these recipes. See you next Saturday, and every Saturday, with more soups, stews and chili.

[All photos used with permission.]


Posted by: Kalyn | January 11, 2014 at 03:16 PM

I'm a huge lentils fan, so I would probably like them all!

Posted by: Lydia (Soup Chick) | January 11, 2014 at 03:22 PM

Kalyn, same here. Lentils are one of my favorites.

Posted by: susan g | January 13, 2014 at 02:32 PM

Excellent list, with several saves, and the Egyptian soup in the works for tonight.

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