Monday nights are leftover night in our house. It’s a way to clean out the fridge before trash day and to ensure that we are not wasting food. Also, it’s been so dang hot in Philly that the idea of standing in front of a stove is just ridiculous. But as I was scrolling through Instagram I came across the profile of a local Philly blogger, Kaitlin (@icancookthat) and she shared a recipe for a lemony red lentil soup that I just had to try, heat be damned.
Kaitlin shares the Lemony Red Lentil Soup recipe she used on her blog and I followed along with a few exceptions. Instead of tomato paste, I used fresh tomatoes from the garden (mmmm….tomatoes!). I don’t like the taste of cilantro and, in the spirit of cleaning out the fridge, blended spinach into the soup. I also used a bit more spices because spices (I am still missing salt but slowly, slowly spices are helping me forget our relationship).
It took about an hour to prepare before we were ready to eat. We had all of the necessary ingredients at home and I used some old bread to make croutons to garnish the soup. Even The Bee, the pickiest of eaters, had a bowl and declared it delicious. The Librarian described it as no one flavor dominating, it was layers of light but savory, tart but sweet. A little bite, but depth.
Wow! Just making dinner for the family has been such a satisfying experience. In the past, my experiences with soup have been canned soups. I am not knocking them but really I just never knew that soup could be so much more than a tinny taste that you added water too. Creating and preparing my own soups have been a lesson in patience, learning how to experiment with flavors, and allowing myself the chance to fail when things may not go well with the combination of ingredients that I use.
Each week we have been doing a Sunday dinner, what I call “Souper Sunday” in which we make soup and have it for Sunday Dinner. I am excited to share this recipe with family and friends. It’s a new taste but delightful and savory and sure to warm the palate.
When the weather breaks, we hope to have these dinners outside by our fire pit, sipping savory creations and making memories with friends.