Roasted Pepper, Lentil and Fennel Soup
Jyoti's Tasty Tip:
As soon as fall comes in, you’ll see parsnip and rutabaga right away in the produce shelf beaming with red pepper that cost you pennies. This is the best time to make this soup. If you have time why don’t you roast your red pepper or if not just buy the prepared one in the bottle, it doesn’t matter. But, you have to have this. It is the roasted red pepper that makes this soup especial. Try it and you’ll see and taste the difference.
Remember, it's all about the taste! Chef Jyoti
Yield: 4 - 6 servings
Difficulty: easy to medium
1 ½ cups organic lentils
11 cups filtered water
2 bay leaves
2 tablespoon Spectrum organic extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon cumin powder
1 teaspoon curry powder
1 teaspoon thyme
1 medium size organic onion
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup diced organic fennel bulb
½ cup diced organic parsnip
½ cup diced rutabaga
½ cup diced celery
½ cup diced organic carrot
1 ½ cup pureed roasted pepper (use prepared pepper in the bottle)
¼ cup Muir Glen organic tomato puree
1 tablespoon Newman's Own organic balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon Frontier vegetable broth powder
Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
Wash and rinse lentils; put in a saucepan and cover with 8 cups of water. Bring to a boil; lower the heat and place the lid half covered and cook until soft for about 20 to 30 minutes. Set aside.
2. In a skillet, heat olive oil and stir in spices. Stir for 12 seconds and then add onions and garlic. Lower heat; stir the mixture frequently until onions are soft, about 3 minutes.
3. Add fennel, parsnip, rutabaga, celery, and carrot. Sauté the vegetables for 3 minutes until they get soft but still firm.
4. Transfer the vegetable mixture to the saucepan with the cooked lentils. Heat up the saucepan and add roasted pepper puree, tomato puree, balsamic vinegar, 3 cups water, vegetable broth powder, sea salt and black pepper. Bring to a boil and simmer for few minutes until vegetables are soft. Taste and adjust seasonings.
5. Serve with warm rolls or pita bread.
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