My daughter loves lentil soup. It is one of her favorite meals. My version of lentil soup is not highly complicated, lentils, carrots, celery, onion, and a final squeeze of lemon at the end. When I ran across a recipe by Kenji over on the Serious eats blog adding a parsley and lemon Gremolata, I knew I had to try it! Let me tell you, hands down this is the best lentil soup that I’ve ever had or made! My daughter ate 3 bowls, (3 of her little mini bowls, but 3 bowls none the less), and she could not stop saying how yummy it was. I decided to use cilantro instead of parsley because I love the flavor of cilantro, lemon, and lentils—super yummy. If cilantro is not your thing, then by all means use parsley, this soup is good either way! If you know you’re putting this in your weeknight line up soak the lentils overnight, it will shave off 30 minutes of your cooking time.
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 45minutes-1hour
Here’s what you need:
6 cloves of garlic, minced
2 tablespoons lemon zest
4 tablespoons oil
1/2 cup cilantro chopped (sub parsley)
Ingredients for Soup
1 cup of lentils ( I used French green lentils)
1 cup carrots diced
1 cup celery diced
1 medium onion diced
4 tablespoons oil
2 tablespoons lemon juice
5 cups of good quality chicken broth( sub with veggie stock if you want to make this vegetarian)
1 lemon cut into wedges for squeezing.
Directions: Add the ingredients for the gremolata to a small bowl,
Mix well and set aside.
Heat 4 tablespoons of oil in a Dutch oven pan, add the onions, carrots and celery,
Sauté until onions are translucent about 5 minutes,
Add the lentils mix well,
Add half of the gremolata. Mix well and cook for 2-3 minutes, your house should smell amazing at this point.
Add in the chicken stock and bring to a boil.
Lower the fire and simmer until lentils are nice and tender around 45 minutes. Add water, if necessary, it wasn’t for me. Once lentils are tender, add the lemon juice, mix well then turn off the fire. Serve by ladling into soup bowls and topping with a dollop of the remaining Gremolata, a few squeezes of lemon juice, and enjoy!
If you don’t have it already, check out Kenji’s new book, The Food Lab, it’s full of useful cooking information backed by science.