Friday, October 9, 2009

Lentil Soup with a Few Shortcuts and Spicy Yogurt Sauce

Wednesday’s dinner was lentil soup. Since I knew that I didn’t have much time to cook dinner, I decided to use precooked lentils from Trader Joe’s. I prefer to cook my own lentils, but when I’m short on time these precooked lentils work well.


  • 2 medium sized onions, chopped
  • 4 cloves of garlic (not visible in the picture – my assistant, the toddler, decided to play with them…), chopped
  • 4 sweet potatoes
  • 8 small carrots
  • 1 package of steamed lentils
  • pepper
  • salt (if desired – the lentils already contain salt)
  • 4 cups of liquid (I used 2 cups of Organic low sodium vegetable stock and 2 cups of water; the soup was quite thick, just the way I like it… You could easily use 6 or even 8 cups of liquid if you like your soup soupy…)
Lentil Soup 01

I started by sautéing the onions and then added the garlic, sweet potatoes, and carrots and sautéed everything for a few minutes. Then I added the lentils and sautéed everything for a few more minutes.

Lentil Soup 02

Next I added the liquid, reduced the heat to medium and cooked everything for about 20 minutes, until the vegetables were soft.

In the meantime I made a spicy yogurt sauce out of the following ingredients:

  • Greek yogurt
  • 1-2 tablespoons Aioli Garlic Mustard Sauce
  • Basil
  • Tabasco sauce (not pictured since my assistant is obsessed with the bottle, and I had to hide it from him)

Lentil Soup 03

The fresh basil added such a nice touch! We have been harvesting basil from the same indoor basil plant since late May! It’s the best basil plant ever… I am so thankful for this basil plant since I was so unlucky with my outdoor basil this year...

Lentil Soup 04

Here is the finished sauce.

Lentil Soup 05

Here is the finished soup; it was quite chunky, just the way I like it...

Lentil Soup 06

And here is the soup topped with the yogurt sauce. I ended up mixing the sauce right into the soup. The yogurt sauce added a nice tanginess and spiciness to the soup.

Lentil Soup 07

Questions: Do you like lentils? What is your favorite way to eat them?

Be well,



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  2. I do like lentils, and I have a lentil soup that most people in my family like. (Not the 2 & 4 year olds) I sometimes do my own, but often times do end up using canned because of time!

    Have a great weekend Andrea.

  3. Beautiful photos, Andrea- the veggies look awesome!

    That looks absolutely fabulous! Can't wait to try! Have a great weekend!

  4. I love lentils - and this soup looks great! I love the big rounds of sweet potato.

    I like lentil soups and salads.

  5. YUM - that looks good. I don't eat lentils. I don't really know where there are, where I would find them or how I would cook them but the soup recipe looks great!

  6. Love lentils! I like the addition of the sweet potatoes; I'll have to try that!

    I'm hoping that my favorite recipe is going to be lentil burgers! Gonna try out a recipe for them this coming week :)

  7. I love lentils in soup. This looks so comforting and delicious.

  8. I love lentils. I have lentil soup in my fridge as we speak. It's not a hearty as that one but it's really tasty. I'm so jealous of the products you guys have in the States. I'm always seeing Trader Joes on Marissa's blog too. There brand looks amazing. And steamed lentils? Unheard of. Canned or dry. I try to go for dry.

    Lentil Chili is amazing too.

    Your pics are awesome.

  9. Looks wonderful. I love lentils. This must have been really tasty.

  10. Yum - that looks delicious!

  11. Anonymous10/09/2009

    Sounds super delicious especially with the yogurt sauce!

  12. I like lentils. I don't eat it often, but I like it. The only time ever eat it though is in soup. I'm loving the sauce with this. Yum!! Perfect way to jazz up some soup.

  13. Oh wow! This sounds fantastic!! It's a gourmet meal, out of a soup! I think lentils are one of those foods that I really don't like unless they are done up (like you did). Plain they are no good, unlike baked beans or black beans which I could eat anytime. Thanks for the great recipe!

  14. That soup looks great. I like mine really thick and chunky. too!

  15. yum, i had lentil soup last night, i should totally make this!

  16. Anonymous10/09/2009

    I love the yogurt sauce. It is a interesting addition which take the soup to the next level. I will definitely give it a try!

  17. Anonymous10/09/2009

    I made lentil soup with sweet potatoes before, and it was so good! But yours looks even better because it has that spicy yogurt sauce!

  18. YES I love lentils - let me count the ways!

    1. Vegetarian Chili
    2. Vegetarian Sloppy Joes
    3. Veggie Burgers
    4. Soup
    5. Dahl

    That about sums it up!

  19. I love Trader Joe's. A huge fan of their Greek yogurt, too. I cannot walk into that store without buying a whole lot more than I intended to!

  20. Looks delicious! I do like lentils but honestly, I've only ever had them in canned soup! That's kind of embarassing! I'm inspired now after seeing this to make my own :)