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Monday, February 15, 2010

Beans in the Cupboard Soup

 Carrot Lentil/Split Pea Soup aka Beans in the Cupboard Soup - Seriously Soupy

Frigid temperatures, snow shoveling, and lunchtime were pretty-much the inspiration for this little soupy. I hadn't planned to create a new recipe, but as I mentioned those aforementioned situations occurred, and really all that I could think of to cure these ails was with a soup. Assessing the inventory in my cupboard, I located some lentils and yellow split peas used in previous soups that were just waiting to be used again, and a pound of carrots in my fridge that I decided would be the base. I then decided to add onions, parsnips, garlic and various seasonings and instantly a soup was created without having to spend any additional money or even having to think that much about what I was creating.Who knows-- you may have these ingredients in your cupboard and be on your way to a delicious and savory soup in no time.

Carrot Lentil/Split Pea Soup
4-5 cups of water, may need more as soup cooks
1/2 bag of dry lentils
1/2 bag of yellow split peas
1 yellow onion, chopped up into squares
1/2 clove of garlic, finely chopped up 
1 chive, chopped up into squares
1 bag of baby carrots
2 parsnips
small bunch of fresh parsley
small bunch of fresh dill
1 teaspoon of curry, adjust based on your preference
1 teaspoon of ginger, adjust based on your preference
pinch of sea salt
pinch pepper

If you have time, placed dry beans in a small bowl in water for two-three hours before prep of the soup. When ready to cook, add water to a pot. When slightly boiled, add the onions, chives,parsley, dill, and garlic. Start boiling another pot (medium-sized) of water for the carrots and one parsnip. In the large pot, add the beans and the other parsnip and cover. After 20 minutes the carrot/parsnip mixture should be done. Drain the water and mash the mixture (I used a fork and then a hand blender). Add this to the bean pot, along with the seasonings (curry, ginger, salt, and pepper) and let cook for another 45-minutes or so, adding additional seasonings or water if you think the soup needs it. Turn off the flame and enjoy!

What have you found in your cupboard that you turned into a soup?

Seriously Soupy Serena

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