Lentil Soup

The only requirement for lentil soup is that it contains lentils—other than that, there are countless ways to prepare it. Indian versions are heavily spiced, while Egyptian recipes are commonly pureed and made in wintertime. Your soup might include your favorite vegetables, various kinds of lentils or different types of meat. The formula for this delicious, hearty soup is completely open to interpretation. To get started, try a basic recipe, such as this red lentil soup, which gets its flavor from a handful of vegetables and seasonings. Check out Food & Wine's guide for other lentil soup ideas.

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Lentil Soup Recipes

Lentil soup is not only healthy and easy to make, but perfect to prepare in big batches and save for luch or dinner throughout the week. Here, a selection of comforting lentil soup recipes, including a lentil and garlic-sausage soup and a lentil miso soup with bacon sabayon.

Lentil Miso Soup with Bacon Sabayon

Chang revamps standard lentil soup with mild miso, which adds depth and complexity. He tops each bowl with crispy fried celery root and a warm sabayon-style sauce that’s rich with egg yolks and smoky bacon. Warming Soup Recipes Recipe from Food & Wine Best New Chefs All-Star Cookbook

Red Lentil Soup with Cumin and Fried Onions

This velvety soup gets intense flavor from cumin and sweetness from caramelized onions. Toasted bread torn into pieces adds great crunch. Slideshow: Healthy Soups

Hearty Red Lentil, Bacon and Potato Soup

Hearty and satisfying, this red lentil soup is rich with bacon flavor and chunks of warm potato. Slideshow: Warming Soups

Red Lentil and Vegetable Soup

Warm and perfectly vegetarian, this red lentil soup is loaded with fresh vegetables to satisfy even the pickiest of vegetarians. Slideshow: Vegetarian Soups

Lentil Soup with Broccoli Rabe

Cook the broccoli rabe in a separate pan, not in the soup pot. That way, any excess bitterness from the vegetable goes down the drain with the cooking water rather than into the soup. You'll find, though, that a bit of bite enlivens the lentils.    Warming Soup Recipes  

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Eggplant and Lentil Stew with Pomegranate Molasses

A summer staple from the coastal town of Antakya, this light stew is a favorite of Musa Dagdeviren's wife, Zeynep, who was born there. To keep the textures and flavors of the vegetables distinct, Musa layers the eggplant in a pot with tomatoes, lentils, chopped onions and garlic, then slowly cooks it, covered, without stirring. The stew is best when made ahead and allowed to mellow for at least a few hours. Slideshow: More Light Stews

Red Lentil Soup

SoupCycle in Portland, Oregon, offers soups with wacky names ranging from Flemish Farm (a vegan take on French onion soup) to Who Framed Ginger Rabbit (carrot soup with ginger). Owners Jed Lazar and Shauna Lambert call this lentil soup Pot of For Goodness Sake! because the ingredients are so healthy.    More Warming Soups