Baby, it’s cold outside. I know I sound like a broken record, but we are still snow-less here at Lake Tahoe. If you ask me, the lack of snow hardly makes the freezing temperatures worthwhile.
I like winter for the simple fact that I am able to justify serving soup for dinner for days on end. I love soup. In fact, I could live on it year-round. It’s the ultimate comfort food, as far as I am concerned. There’s nothing better than a bowl full of hearty and belly warming soup after coming in from the cold.
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Turkish Spinach And Lentil Soup
Adapted from Sundays At Moosewood Restaurant
1 cup dried lentils, rinsed
5 cups water
2 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 red onions, roughly chopped
4 medium carrots, chopped
4 garlic cloves, crushed
2 teaspoons dried rosemary
1 Tablespoon Mediterranean oregano
1 Tablespoon ground cumin
1/2 to 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper, depending how spicy you want it
1 teaspoon sea salt
2 bay leaves
1/4 cup chopped parsley
2 14.5-ounce cans diced tomatoes with juice
1 6-ounce can tomato paste
6 to 8 cups No-Chicken or vegetable broth (depending how thick you like it)
1 cup quinoa, soaked for 15 minutes and rinsed
1 16-ounce package frozen spinach, thawed
Rinse the lentils and bring to a boil in the water. Once boiling, reduce the heat and simmer, covered, for 40 minutes. Drain, rinse and set aside.
In a large soup pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat and sauté the onions and carrots until the onions just begin to soften. Add the garlic, oregano, rosemary, cumin, cayenne, sea salt and bay leaves. Cook for a few minutes, but don’t allow the garlic to brown.
Meanwhile, begin soaking the quinoa in water.
Add the parsley and the tomatoes; stir and cook a few minutes. Then stir in the tomato paste until blended.
Add the broth, the lentils and the drained quinoa to the tomato mixture and lower the heat to medium-low. Cover the pot and simmer for 30 to 40 minutes until the quinoa is cooked.
Add the spinach and cook another five minutes or so until the soup is heated throughout.
Serve with a side salad and crusty bread.