Want a bowl of hot soup?
It’s a good soup day in central Iowa. This morning, I woke up, got out of bed, and before a ran a comb across my head, I noticed whiteness outside–lots of it. We’ve received several inches of snow overnight. In a little bit I’ll be digging out to get to church.
It was a good morning to make soup, though. I started with a nice mirepoix enhanced with some minced garlic and sauteed in olive oil and white wine. Added salt and pepper. When soft I added chicken broth and some tomato paste. Then the cleaned and rinsed lentils. Cumin, thyme, and coriander will keep the spice taste hard to pin down. A few hours later, and it’s good enough for lunch.
What I often put in this soup that I didn’t this time: lemon juice and chili powder. Last time I skipped the celery–didn’t have any fresh in the house–and wow, what a taste difference.