WHO: Burnt Offerings is a healthcare consultant with a serious passion for food.
WHAT: A simple, 30-minute soup that'll taste like it took you all night to make.
HOW: Sauté, simmer, spice, then blend it all up. Ladle generously into bowls.
WHY WE LOVE IT: This soup has everything we need in a recipe: it's complex enough for an impressive dinner party, and simple enough for a bring-to-work lunch. On top of all that, it's even better if the flavors have had a bit of time to develop overnight. You'll want to make extra now.
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It's soup-making time. You in?
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First, sweat your onions.
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Next, in goes...everything else.
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A transfixing cascade of lentils.
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Snap out of it! You must season now.
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All the pretty spices come next.
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And the stock. Extra points for pouring this gracefully.
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Bring everything to a boil, and then back down to a simmer until your vegetables are soft.
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Stick blenders are one of our favorites, but a regular blender or a food processor would work here, too.