creamy curried lentil soup

This isn’t your typical lentil soup recipe (it’s actually the best I’ve ever made, and I’ve tried a LOT of lentil soup recipes!). Curry powder gives it a flavor boost, and velvety puréed chickpeas add body and creaminess without cream.

If you have Meyer lemons (which I do because my wonderful Gradma Jan sent me a bunch from California!), they really shine in this recipe.

from Bon Appétit.

ingredients

  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, finely chopped
  • 2 large garlic cloves, chopped, divided
  • 2 Tablespoons (or more) curry powder
  • 1 cup French green lentils
  • 4 1/4 cups (or more) water, divided
  • 1 15- to 16-ounce can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained, rinsed
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice (preserved lemon juice works well too!)
  • 2 Tablespoons (1/4 stick) vegan butter
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 lemon, cut into 6 wedges

method

  1. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in heavy large pot over medium heat. Add onion and carrot; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook until onion is translucent, stirring occasionally, about 4 minutes. Add half of chopped garlic; stir until vegetables are soft but not brown, about 4 minutes longer. Add 2 tablespoons curry powder; stir until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add lentils and 4 cups water. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Increase heat and bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium; simmer until lentils are tender, about 30 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, puree chickpeas, lemon juice, 1/4 cup water, remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil, and remaining garlic in processor.
  3. Add chickpea puree and butter to lentil soup. Season to taste with salt, pepper, and additional curry powder, if desired. Add water by 1/4 cupfuls to thin to desired consistency. DO AHEAD Soup can be made up to 1 day ahead. Cool, cover, and refrigerate. Rewarm before continuing.
  4. Divide soup among bowls. Sprinkle with thinly sliced green onions and serve with lemon wedges.

serves 4.

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