Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Warm lentil and leek soup

  • 1 tbs. olive oil
  • 3 big leeks (white and light green parts only), cut into 1/2 inch half-moons
  • 28 oz. can whole tomatoes, drained
  • 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1 bunch Swiss chard or kale, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup brown lentils, dry
  • 1 tbs. fresh thyme
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • cayenne pepper to taste
  • Feta cheese (optional, but OH SO GOOD!)

1. Heat olive oil in a large pot set over medium heat. Add leeks and cook until soft, about 5 minutes.

2. Add tomatoes and cook another 5 minutes or until tomatoes break apart.

3. Add six cups of water and bring to a boil. Stir in sweet potatoes, Swiss chard, lentils, thyme, salt, black pepper and cayenne pepper. Lower heat, cover pot and let simmer about 20 - 30 minutes, or until sweet potato and lentils cooked through.

5. ENJOY with a sprinkle of feta and a little more cayenne on top!

At first I didn't like this soup... a little too sweet for me. But once I added more black pepper, salt, red chili flakes and cayenne pepper I totally loved this soup! Despite not having any meat in the dish, this is a very hearty and filling soup because of all the fibery (is that a word?) veggies. The original recipe called for Parmesan cheese but since I didn't have any I substituted feta and it was delish!!

Things I'd do the next time:
  • add a can of whole kernel corn
  • use only one sweet potato and one regular potato
  • more swiss chard
  • add a cup or two of chicken broth in place of one or two cups of water
  • add barley
  • more lentils
  • cook it with a mild, white fish

1 comment:

Annalisa201 said...

I love the "Things I'll do next time" section! I'm that sort of cook too. I'm stealing this recipe btw :)