Creamy Red Lentil Squash Soup




This wonderful creamy red lentil squash soup is a family favorite. The spices—coriander, cumin cinnamon and turmeric—blend beautifully with the sweet flavor of the butternut squash and the red lentils. The lentils are a nutritional powerhouse: rich in protein, fiber and vitamins and minerals; all in a yummy, comforting soup.

Ingredients
3 Tbsp olive oil
1 large onion, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 (20 oz) packages of fresh peeled and diced butternut squash
9 cups water
1 ½ cup dry red lentils
2 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground turmeric
2 Tbsp tomato concentrate
1½ tsp salt
Fresh ground black pepper to taste


Instructions
Heat the olive oil in a heavy pan and stir in the chopped onion and garlic for a few minutes until soft.
Add the coriander, cumin, cinnamon, turmeric and tomato concentrate and stir.
Add the butternut squash and water and bring to a boil uncovered.
Lower the heat to a simmer and continue to cook for 20 minutes covered.
Add the lentils, stir and continue to simmer for an additional 15 minutes or until the butternut squash and lentils are very soft.
Add salt and pepper.
Place in food processor or blender and purée until smooth.
Ladle in a soup bowl and sprinkle with a pinch of coriander and cinnamon.
Stir the surface gently so as to get a swirl on the surface…et voilà!


This post originally appeared on Cuisinicity.com.


By Catherine Katz, Ph.D.| November 12, 2017
Categories:  Recipes

About the Author

Catherine Katz, Ph.D.

Catherine Katz, Ph.D.

Catherine is the founder of Cuisinicity- Love the Food That Loves You Back, a website where good food and good health come together in a way that is feasible for today’s busy families, as it has been for hers (Catherine and her husband, Nutrition expert Dr David L. Katz, have 5 children!). Catherine’s recipes have been widely featured in national media, including ABC News, O Magazine, Eating Well, Prevention Magazine, Woman’s World, Fitness, Shape, and many others. She is the co-creator of the Nutrition Detectives™ food label literacy program, now in use by thousands of schools all over the world and has collaborated in the production of other health promotion programming, including the Unjunk Yourself® music video program.



 

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