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Cream of Lentil Soup

If you like spicy foods, add up to 2 tsp. chopped chipotle chile in adobo sauce.

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Soup

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6 dried shiitake mushrooms, divided
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1 tsp. olive oil
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1 large onion, chopped (2 cups)
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1 ½ cups lentils
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½ tsp. chopped chipotle chile in adobo sauce
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½ tsp. salt
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½ cup whole milk
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2 tsp. sherry vinegar
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1 Tbs. unsalted butter

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Croutons

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1 ½ Tbs. olive oil
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2 cloves garlic, sliced
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3 slices sourdough bread, crusts removed, cubed
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1 ½ Tbs. chopped chives

Instructions: 

  1. To make Soup: Cover mushrooms with 2 cups boiling water in bowl. Let stand 30 minutes. Drain, and reserve liquid. Remove and discard stems, then thinly slice caps. Set aside.
  2. Heat oil in pot over medium-high heat. Add onion, and sauté 7 minutes, or until soft. Add lentils, chipotle, 1/2 cup mushrooms, reserved mushroom liquid, salt and 5 cups water. Reduce heat to medium low, and simmer, partially covered, 45 minutes. Purée in blender or food processor. Return to pot, and stir in milk, vinegar and butter.
  3. To make Croutons: Heat oil in skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and remaining mushrooms, and cook 1 minute, or until browned and crisp. Transfer to bowl. Add bread cubes to pan, and sauté 3 minutes, or until browned. Toss croutons with mushrooms. Ladle soup into bowls and sprinkle with croutons and chives.

Nutrition Information: 

Calories: 
229
Protein: 
10 g
Total Fat: 
7 g
Saturated Fat: 
2 g
Carbohydrates: 
35 g
Cholesterol: 
6 mg
Sodium: 
327 mg
Fiber: 
7 g
Sugar: 
4 g
Yield: 
Serves 8

Comments on this Recipe

This soup looks pretty unappetizing, but it's very tasty and a favorite at our house. I like to at least double the quantity of croutons.

Yes, we like spicy foods, so I added a generous 2 teaspoons chopped chipotles. Nada. One wonders if that was a typo and should have been 2 tablespoons. Generous slogs of Chipotle Tabasco at the table helped. The soup also need very generous salting. I consistently find things fine salt-wise when my DH is busy with the shaker, but this soup need a lot of salt, even for me. Not a keeper at our house.

The soup was absolutely delicious! My only substitution was using home made veggie stock instead of water. My soup was plenty spicy with the chipotles - but I blend the adobo and chipotles together and add the mixture rather than just the chipotles.

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