Garlic Lentil Soup

I don’t know if you had sun where you live, but I took full advantage of the amazing weather we had this weekend.

Lindsay and I shopped around Carytown, went to a Squirrels game, and hit up Broad Appetit. That last photo was raw cauliflower tabbouleh, which was delicious. I went home and whipped up my version of Brittany’s version. I’ll share that soon.

Speaking of new versions of recipes, I wasn’t going to totally re-do this recipe that I found in the Wall Street Journal. I was going to follow it exactly. But… it didn’t really go as planned. To be honest, I felt like the original recipe was really bland. And the lentils started to get dried out. In the end, I halved most of the recipe, but still ended up with the 4-6 servings it said it served. I don’t know, WSJ… maybe you should just stick with news.

But regardless of how it happened, this soup is still super easy to make and is packed with healthy protein and fiber!

Garlic Lentil Soup

  • 1 medium onion, sliced thin
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 cup dried lentils
  • 1/3 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup white wine (I used chardonnay… but I’m pretty sure you’re supposed to use “cooking wine”)
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp “everyday seasoning” blend (paprika, lemon, pepper) you could leave this out, I think…
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • Croutons, for garnish (optional)

Sweat the onions in the olive oil, over medium heat for about 5 minutes. Don’t let the onions turn brown. Add in the garlic, and cook for 2 more minutes. Add in the lentils, parmesan cheese, water, salt and pepper, and turn the heat to high. Simmer for 15 minutes, and then add in the rest of the spices. Cook for 15 more minutes, or until lentils are tender. (It took me about 40 minutes total.)

This soup is really filling. I was eating about 1 1/2 cups for lunch, and it kept me full for hours… which isn’t usually the case with most soups. I know it’s summer, and hot soup isn’t always on your mind, but I’m sure I’m going to be making this soup again in the near future. Not to mention, dried lentils are super cheap. It only cost me about ~$2 to make that whole pot of soup, which I ate for 4 meals.

While we’re on the subject of cheap, I didn’t do so great on my May grocery budget. I’m going to keep an eye on it a lot more closely for June. Yesterday, I did my grocery shopping for the week, and I got everything for $26 bucks. Now if I can just keep that trend going… I’ll be in good shape!

Do you follow recipes, or do you like to make your own versions?

Comments

  1. The weather was great here in Texas too! Love this recipe :)

  2. 26 bucks? That’s amazing!
    I love how cheap lentils are, and it’s amazing how much protein they have!

  3. That looks really delicious! I tend to modify recipes, usually because I don’t have or don’t want to use all the ingredients listed in them. It drives my boyfriend absolutely crazy, but usually it turns out okay :)

  4. I am such a brutal recipe follower! Even have a hard time following my own sometimes :) This soup looks so soothing! xo

  5. I usually start out with a recipe and make my own tweaks to it – maybe just use the original as inspiration!

  6. Oh man…I love lentils! That looks delicious :) And looks like a great weekend!

  7. I vaguely follow recipes, but I can’t remember the last one I’ve made exactly as written. But cauliflower tabbouleh? That sounds amazing and worth sticking (sort of close) to a recipe for!

  8. The weather was beautiful here, too! We spent a lot of time outside and bumming around town to take advantage of it. I have a feeling that the summer is going to get brutal!

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  9. I’m a recipe follower. I always make it wayyy to bland if I don’t follow something!

  10. Most recipes I usually tweak to reflect more of my taste and my love for healthier foods. I do at times follow recipes exactly as written. Like most of my desserts. If I am making chocolate chip cookies then I want the normal butter, brown sugar filled cookies. After all if I am making something as I treat then there is no reason to tweak it :)

  11. Chelsea Eats Treats says:

    Well I have never heard of raw cauliflower tabbouleh but I cannot wait for you to share the recipe. It. Looks. Amazing. As does your soup!! Yum!!

  12. Oooh yum! This looks awesome. I like to follow recipes, it’s very rare that I’ll wander from the instructions. I’ve done that before and it’s been a TOTAL train wreck. I wish I had got that skill from my mother :) maybe one day I’ll develop a knack for what works well together in a dish…

  13. I love that you came home from Broad Appetit and made the Cauliflower Tabbouleh. That’s exactly what I did last year. It’s just so good!! :)

    • Haha I’m seriously addicted to it! I need a bigger food processor (I only have a mini one) because I did it in my Vitamix and that was a little messy, haha. Seriously so addicting though!

  14. Mmm looks so tasty, garlic anything has me sold :) I follow recipes closely because I am afraid of messing up the whole thing!

  15. I love lentil soup and only partly follow a recipe just because I’ve made it so often and you really can’t mess it up no matter how much you veer off course. I am actually planning in making it tonight since I have all the ingredients on hand.

  16. i tried that cauliflower tabouli last year at broad app and loved it! look at your girls just makin it on your own though, so fun!

  17. You look lovely in you pic and the soup looks yummy!

  18. This soup looks amazing! I must try it. :)

  19. I just love walking around Carytown!! And I’ve yet to go to a Squirrels game! I used to go back when they were the Braves but for some reason I just haven’t gone. I think I need too. Not sure if you would be interested but we are having a Girl’s night with Sephora at Regency on 6/24 if you would like to join us. Details are here http://www.herlatenightcravings.blogspot.com/2012/05/hlnc-sephora-girls-night-event.html

    Jayme @ Her Late Night Cravings

  20. I love that you tweaked this recipe to meet your needs/taste buds. So often I’m scared to try a receipe because I don’t like some of the ingrediants it calls for. I am definitely going ot try this approach next time.
    Oh and P.S. I nominated you for a blog award ;)

  21. Oh sweet deliciousness, this looks awesome!!!!!

  22. I love to attempt to follow recipes and then alter them as I please. :) Experiments are fun!

  23. I have a really hard time not messing with a recipe, the best lentils I have ever had where made by my basque grandmother, but they where not made to decrease calories or cholesterol, they included pork belly, chorizo, morcilla, Serrano ham, ham bones. Maybe not the most heart healthy but incredibly good (and made by grandma!)

  24. Just found your blog – love it! Like other commenters, I like to stick to recipes – so I have to ask: How much water for the lentil soup? It’s not listed!

  25. I love lentils – and I adore soup any time of the year! Thanks for the new recipe!

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