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Souper Sunday

Red lentil soup
Red lentil soup

Anyone who tells a lie has not pure heart, and cannot make good soup.

~ Ludwig van Beethoven

I am not sure I am pure of heart, but I did make a good soup today.  In an effort to liven up our diet, I have challenged myself to make soup every Sunday.  I love soup, but don’t make it very often anymore.  I have loads of soup recipes, including two cookbooks devoted entirely to soup.  Both M and I save soup recipes from the newspaper or magazines if they sound good.  The saved recipes pile up in a folder, ignored.  It’s time to find out if they’re worth making and keeping.

Today I started with a recipe from Cook’s Illustrated magazine.  Have you ever read Cook’s Illustrated?  It’s one of M’s favorite magazines because they not only give you a recipe, but explain, sometimes in scientific terms, why the recipe works.  One of the recipes we saved recently is for Red Lentil Soup with North African Spices.  (I did not link to the Cook’s illustrated website because you have to join in order to see the recipe.  I found the same recipe at another site, KCET, a Los Angeles television station.)  I made it for lunch today and it was wonderful.  It is a rather simple soup to make, not too labor intensive.  I left out the mint because M doesn’t care much for mint in his savory food.  I imagine it would have changed the flavor considerably.  I’d love to try this with harissa.  Now that I think about it, I have a big bag of dried chiles in the pantry.  I think I’ll make some.

I will be keeping my Souper Sunday posts short.  Just a photo or two, a description or review and, if available, a link to the recipe.  If I can’t find a link and you’re interested in the recipe, let me know in the comments and I’ll be happy to email it to you.  Feel free to join me, if you like.  Let’s see how many soups we can make.

Be good, be kind, be loving.  Just Be.  🙂

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