can we still be friends if i make you a brown colored soup? what if i promise that it tastes ah-mazing? like the best lentil soup you’ve ever had…possibly the best soup you’ve ever had. because who eats lentil soup anymore? anyone? yeah…me neither.
i know it looks like sand. i understand. i really, really do. but if you will just trust me i think you will be glad you did. consider it the internet version of a trust exercise. you know the kind where you fall backwards into someone’s arms at your corporate retreat. that’s just like this only instead of having to play an awkward game with a coworker you barely know you get to eat yummy soup at the end.
based on the many 80s/90s sitcoms and movies i’ve seen, i figured there would be more corporate retreats in my life once i became an adult but that just hasn’t been the case. instead there have been a lot of team meetings. not nearly as fun. maybe that was just a thing in the 80s? i say its time to bring back them back! who doesn’t want to go camping with the person they share a desk pod with?
OK, maybe camping with your coworkers is not ideal. but this is the ideal lentil soup (check-out that transition!). plus all the veggies in this soup are the perfect way to detox from all the cookies we keep eating and get ourselves ready for our new year’s resolutions. especially if your new year’s resolution is to eat more things cooked with bacon grease. and that should definitely be one of them. i should really consider becoming a health coach…
if you’re not a health nut like me and you want to, you know, leave out the bacon i will try to look past that and let you know that you can still cook the whole soup with no bacon and just use some EVOO. a little part of my soul died when i typed that, but it’s physically possible to do. we can still be friends, it’s just going to take some time.
- 4 slices of bacon
- 1 onion
- 2 celery stalks
- 2 large carrots
- 1 1/2 c. red lentils
- 1/4 lemon, zested
- 1/2 t. ginger
- 1 t. allspice
- 1/2 t. cloves
- salt to taste
- 6 1/2 c. chicken broth
- 1 1/4 c. greek yogurt
- In a large soup pot saute the bacon slices. While bacon is cooking dice onion, celery, and carrots. When bacon is crisp remove strips, crumble and set aside. Don't wipe out the pot!
- In the bacon grease saute the veggies (onion, celery, and carrots) along with the lentils and next 5 ingredients for 5 minutes. Pour in chicken broth and bring to a boil. Simmer 60 to 90 minutes until lentils are soft. Stir in 1 cup of greek yogurt.
- Use an immersion blender or transfer soup in batches to a food processor and process until smooth. Return to pot and heat until desired temperature is reached. Top with bacon crumbles and a dollop of remaining yogurt. Enjoy!
if this is what being healthy in 2017 is like, sign. me. up.