I try really hard not to be one of those people who loosely throws around the phrase: “OMGAAAH this is my most favorite EVER!“
And you guys know I am a lover of soup. A Casanova of consommé. A Lothario of bouillabaisse. A Don Juan of… ok you get it.
So to choose one, well it’s my own personal Sophie’s Choice. And now that I’ve got this sexy new dutch oven to heighten the torrid love affair between me and my beloved broth (thanks mother-in-law!), well it just takes it to a whole new level.
And while a random love note from my husband can still bring me to tears, a good yoga class can almost put me to sleep and Ben Covington will always make my heart skip a beat every time I take my Felicity DVDs for a spin…
Nothing makes me warm and cozy and soothes my soul like a piping hot bowl of soup on a chilly winter day.
Except maybe eating that bowl of soup by the glow of my TV which of course is currently playing my Felicity DVDs. Preferably season 1.
Brandon can be there too, but let’s be real here, he’d rather be playing Halo or something. And this is my soup fantasy anyways.
Jessica’s Favorite Lentil Soup
1 T canola oil
3 carrots, chopped
3 celery stalks, chopped
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
15 oz can diced, fire roasted tomatoes
2 T garlic, minced
4 cups chicken stock
1 cup brown lentils, rinsed and sorted
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/4 cup dry white wine
Salt & pepper
Directions: In a large soup pot or dutch oven, heat oil over medium-high heat and sautee chopped carrots, celery and onion for about 8 minutes, or until carrots are soft and onions are translucent. Add garlic and sautee for 30 seconds. Deglaze your pan with wine and stir until liquid is reduced. Stir in diced tomatoes and spices, and simmer over med heat for another 10 minutes, until tomatoes cook down and soup thickens. Pour in chicken stock and lentils, bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook for 30 minutes, or until lentils are soft. With an immersion blender or food processor, blend soup until to your desired consistency. (I like to keep mine somewhere in the middle). Salt and pepper to taste.
omgaah… you guys… this is my most favorite ever.
Seriously. Make it. Unless you don’t like lentils. But at least watch Felicity. But lay off Ben. He’s all mine. (He’s my most favorite ever.)
What’s your favorite kind of soup?