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FFwD: Orange Scented Lentil Soup

French Fridays with Dorie: Orange Scented Lentil Soup

Hello French Fridays with Dorie and this week’s Orange Scented Lentil Soup recipe. How are you? Well, I thought you were delicious!

I tend to have the opinion that, although lentil soups are in standard rotation at our house, they can be kind of boring. But not this bowl — the orange and spices are definitely different flavors than I normally go with and I think that really made this recipe a huge stand out.

Of course, I did a few things differently. I had about a cup of lamb braising sauce (sorry, Morrissey!*) leftover from the lamb shank adventure last weekend and I substituted that for about one cup of the broth (the miracle of lamb fat).

Other changes: I let my vegetables get a little brown in the beginning for more flavor. I also added some chopped kale at the end and I used red lentils instead of French green lentils. Because of that, I was able to shorten my simmering time by about 15 minutes. For garnishes I used the suggested crumbled bacon (oops!) and Greek yogurt. So good.

Here’s a link to everyone’s Orange Scented Lentil Soup this week.

French Fridays with Dorie: Orange Scented Lentil Soup

French Fridays with Dorie: Orange Scented Lentil Soup

French Fridays with Dorie: Orange Scented Lentil Soup

French Fridays with Dorie: Orange Scented Lentil Soup

As usual, all of the French Fridays with Dorie recipes are in the cookbook, Around my French Table, by Dorie Greenspan.

* I just saw Morrissey in Portland last Friday at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall and:

1. I can’t believe it’s been 27 years since I saw The Smiths in Chicago in 1986 (at the Aragon Ballroom), 2. Holy crap. 27 years let’s make that 26.5 years to be completely fair and accurate, 3. I (still) love, love, love The Smiths, 4. Although I think I could be a vegetarian again (I was one from when I was 17 until about 26), I don’t really want to…because…bacon, 5. A show that starts at 9pm is pretty harsh when you are 40-something and you’ve been up since 6:30 AM, 6. Morrissey!!!@#!

8 comments to FFwD: Orange Scented Lentil Soup

  • Ooooh, did he sing a lot of Smith’s songs? He came through Reno recently and I was very tempted… Your rendition of this soup looks very good – perhaps I should try again with some of your changes.

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    KarenP: There were a handful (not enough!) — The Boy with a Thorn in his Side, Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want, That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore, Meat is Murder, Still Ill. I know LA and Seattle got How Soon is Now (jealous!) I was really hoping for Ask and Shoplifters of the World…

    And thanks about the soup! :)

  • The pic of the soup in the pot is the most appealing, with the green kale. This is a good recipe, but I like the idea of adding a green leaf. Beautiful soup.

  • Well, I never find lentils boring, maybe mild and comforting but I have found childhood memories connected with lentils Your soup is fabulous tres tres chic much more interesting than Dorie’s.

  • I think I must be the only person in this group who didn’t have lentils until I was well into my adulthood. No childhood lentil memories.

    Kale – good choice.

  • The red lentils gave your soup such a lovely color! It looks and sounds so delicious! Wonderful changes!

  • Great 80′s memory and great additions/tweaks to that soup. I am not sure I knew there were red lentils :) I stayed the course and did the recipe pretty much as written, so it was fun to see your changes. Mostly I wondered why I don’t do lentils more often- gotta get them into rotation. Lovely soup ~

  • That’s okay – easily veganized! (I don’t think that would satisfy Morrissey, but I won’t tell.)