A dear friend and her wife recently welcomed a beautiful baby girl to their family. The new parents are sleep deprived, terrified, and blissfully happy….all at the same time. Both Laura and her wife are vegetarians. I wanted to make them something to nourish their bodies while they are navigating the wonderful, and sometimes overwhelming world of parenting. The Daily Soup cookbook has an amazing Lentil soup recipe. I have made it many, many times, and it never disappoints.
I will freely admit, it isn’t much to look at but my oh my is the flavor amazing! You start by sweating onions, leeks, and celery in butter with a little salt and pepper until they begin to soften. You add fresh rosemary, a little cayenne pepper, and a can of diced tomatoes. Pour in a pound of lentils and eight cups of vegetable stock. Turn it up to a boil, cover, lower the heat to a simmer, and cook for 40 minutes until the vegetables and lentils are cooked.
While that is happening, you take 7 cloves of garlic, yes, I said 7 cloves of garlic and cook them in three cups of heavy cream. Just a gentle simmer. After about twenty minutes, you puree the garlic mixture in a blender. When the soup is done, you pour in the cream and let it cook for an additional minute. The cream and garlic become so mellow and sweet, it really takes a simple lentil soup to the next level. It is one of my favorite soups.
I plan on making a loaf of bread to go along with the soup and possibly a dessert (they aren’t big sweet eaters), and dropping it off to Laura. I figure it gives me a chance to sneak in a little baby time while the parents enjoy a nice, warm, comforting bowl of soup. I think we both win in this situation, and I am totally on board with that!