I've been on a soup kick for quite some time now, so nobody should be surprised that this is...yet another soup post.
I have been into trying out smooth soups lately, perfecting the arduous process of pressing everything through a wire mesh strainer feels like quite an accomplishment when you get a beautiful tasty soup in the end. And it is a good arm workout.
So without further fanfare...
The local booty legend (aka revealing my sources): no asterisk = grocery store + = local produce from The Root Cellar ++ = The Peace Nook (will denote whether product is local or just from the Nook) * = farmer's market ** = CSA *** = Container or Community Garden **** = the non-profit buying club, Blue Planet or Purcell Mountain Farms
Southwestern Lentil and Veggie Bisque 1 cup green lentils, rinsed water
2-3 tbsp safflower oil 1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped * 1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped * 4 New Mexico chiles, seeded and chopped (red if you can get 'em) * 1 red onion, sliced 1 yellow onion, sliced ** 3 red potatoes, scrubbed and cubed * 1 carrot, peeled and chopped 1/2 cup sweet corn 1 tomato, cored and chopped ** 5 cloves of garlic, peeled 1/2 cup veggie broth 1/4 cup cilantro * cumin to taste salt to taste pepper to taste
Put lentils in a small sauce pan and fill with water.
Bring to a boil and simmer until done, about 40 minutes.
Meanwhile, heat oil over medium-high heat and saute peppers, onions, potatoes, carrot, and corn until they begin to soften, about 15-20 minutes.
Add the tomatoes and garlic and cook for an additional ten minutes.
Tranfer veggies to a blender or food processor and puree. Add the veggie broth and cilantro. Slowly add the lentils (with cooking liquid) in small batches and puree until smooth.
Over a large soup pot, smash the mixture through a wire mesh strainer.
The resulting soup should be very smooth.
Season to taste with cumin, salt, and pepper.
This was a really tasty soup and quite filling too!
I will be working on updating the recipe index this evening, as well as responding to the comments I have been neglecting (I suck sometimes).