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Red Lentil and Squash Soup (Paris Edition)

November 18, 2010

Anyone will tell you that when it comes to Paris, there is no shortage of restaurants. But any native will tell you that there is no shortage of wonderful outdoor markets. When I went to visit my brother a few weeks ago we went to one such market in the 10th — the area surrounding Marché Saint-Quentin. It was a bit of a rainy day, but Jack got some nice photos and I found some nice vegetables — like these gorgeous leeks (which smelled amazing by the way):

And this nice chunk of squash:

Considering the windy/rainy weather, we decided to make some soup! I even bought him a shiny new pot.

Red Lentil and Squash Soup

2 tbs olive oil (for sautéing)
2 onions thinly sliced
3 shallots thinly sliced
1 bunch leeks thinly sliced

2 vegetarian boullion cubes mixed with 8 cups of water (this can be replaced with 8 cups of broth, but I couldn’t find any in Paris and didn’t have time to make my own)
2 cups red lentils
about 2 1/2 lbs of any winter squash, chopped into 1 inch pieces

Slice the onion, shallots, and leeks and sauté in a large pot with olive oil. (I forgot how difficult it can be to slice vegetables in the confined space of a kitchenette and cheap knives!)

Make sure to rinse the leeks VERY CAREFULLY especially if you buy them from an outdoor market. They tend to be very dirty.

Once the contents are nicely browned, add the water and boullion cubes. Mix and bring to a boil.

In the meantime, peel and chop your squash into 1 inch pieces. Once the water begins to boil, add red lentils and squash and bring back to a boil. Cover and let simmer for at least 30-40 minutes or until squash is soft enough to eat. Soup can be eaten immediately, but tastes better after sitting for 2-3 hours. And with red wine and a baguette (of course!)

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. agoos permalink
    November 18, 2010 3:43 pm

    what happened to the standard just soup + spoons picture??

  2. November 18, 2010 6:17 pm

    oooo that squash looks beautiful. I love farmers / open markets. You get such wonderful produce.

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