Let me say this first, I don’t like Lentils.
I mean… at all.. but I do want to like them.
They are cheap, they are filling and they are healthy (and how can I call myself a hippie if I don’t eat lentils!) but each time I tried a recipe I ended up hating them even more.
A few weeks ago I picked up a bag of Lentils at the grocery store determined to try et least one more time.. this week I put Lentil soup on my meal plan.
Because the recipes that I have tried in the past never worked for me, this time I didn’t have a recipe, I didn’t have a guideline… I just decided to wing it… it worked. I loved this soup!
I used my pressure cooker to make the soup as I was in a bit of a rush and I will definitely be making it that way each time…
For the soup:
- Chop up 1 Large onion and sauté in a bit of Olive oil.
- Add a few minced garlic cloves
- Add a few stalks of celery, a few carrots and a red pepper (all diced)
- Cook down the veggies for a few minutes and add some salt and pepper, cumin powder, garlic powder, oregano and basil and a few tsp of curry powder.
- Add about 8-9 cups of stock (Veggie or Chicken)
- Add 1 small can of tomato paste
- Finally add in 2 cups of dried red Lentils
If using a pressure cooker, bring to a simmer, put the lid on, bring to pressure and cook for 20 min.
If using a pot, cook for about an hour or until the lentils have given up their shape and the soup is all creamy and thick.
Adjust seasoning to taste…
This was our meal last night and the leftovers were put away in the fridge. That is when the dehydrating idea came into play.
I am loving my dehydrator and have been wanting to try dehydrating soup that can then be powdered and reconstituted with hot water. Great for a quick meal, snack or for when we go camping…
Using the non-stick sheets in my dehydrator, I lathered about 1 1/2 cups of the thick soup onto the sheets about 1/4″ thick, making 6 trays of soup.
I put the dehydrator at the temp that I usually use for veggies and fruits, so quite warm, and after about 1-2 hours I started seeing the thinner parts were becoming very dry and crumbly. After about 6-7 hours all the trays were completely dry, even the thicker parts.
Next, I put all of the pieces in the Food processor and made it all into a powder…
It was really that simple…
Of course we had to test it out. It took about 3-4 Tbsp of powder to get a good consistency in one cup of water… it is a bit thinner than the original soup, though I could be thicker if I used more powder, but the flavour was right on and Xavier brought it into the living room and ate it all up.. so it definitely got the thumbs up!
I am so happy that not only did I make a Lentil soup that I will be making again, but it also made a great instant meal for the whole family!