A hug in a bowl: Puy lentil soup (with Parmesan toast)

Posted on February 27, 2013 by Mandy

Puy lentil soup with Parmesan toast_1After a couple of months of holidays and feasting, I needed to go easy on myself mentally and physically, especially for the sake of my stuffed tummy (and health!). So, I started to prepare light and satisfying meals, and one of my favourites is invariably soup.

Despite Singapore’s warm weather, I simply adore soup. It can be the simple Chinese “ABC” soup (pork rib soup with carrots and potatoes) or creamy rich mushroom soup. Everything about soup screams comfort. Effort is taken to prepare the ingredients, putting them together in a pot and carefully cooking and stirring over the hot stove. And when I take that first sip, I know it will make any sort of bad day go away. It is a hug in a bowl.

Puy lentil soup with Parmesan toast_2I particularly love this lentil soup as the preparation is simple and in less than an hour, you get a beautiful bowl of soup. Despite the simplicity, the flavour of the soup is pretty intense. The recipe calls for my favourite Puy lentils which hold their shape and hence do not turn the soup into a bowl of mush. The lentils not only contribute great flavour, but also bulk up the soup, giving you a truly satisfying meal. Serve it accompanied by warm crunchy Parmesan toast and it will leave you smiling. It certainly leaves me with a wide smile.

 

About Mandy Ng

Mandy’s journey into the culinary world began out of necessity–a means of survival whilst she was at university. She believes cooking should be simple and fun. Besides spending time in the kitchen whipping up hearty meals, Mandy also dreams of having a bottomless stomach that she can fill with all kinds of delicious things.

What Others Are Saying

  1. Cassie March 3, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    I’d assume it’s half a cup Puy lentils, rather than half a lentil? Or half a kg?

  2. Mandy March 3, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    Hi Cassie

    That was a good catch! I was aiming for a light meal but I won’t deprive you and make you cook half a lentil. It is half a cup of Puy lentils. Thanks for highlighting this to us! Have fun cooking!

  3. Joy April 7, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    HI Mandy, I made this for dinner tonight! I’m having it now and it is soooo good. It is a bowl full of goodness because of all the vegetables and I can so see myself having it on a cold, rainy evening!

  4. Mandy April 10, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    Hi Joy

    Yay vegetables can be delicious and filling! Did you make the Parmesan toasts? They are really quite special too. So glad you enjoyed the soup.

    • Joy April 13, 2013 at 12:39 pm

      Didn’t do it this time round but those Parmesan toasts look like a good substitute for garlic bread. Will definitely give that a shot one of these days! :)

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