Red Lentil & Carrot Soup With Frazzled Onions – Secret Recipe Club

Red Lentil & Carrot Soup with Frazzled Onions |

Even though Valentine’s Day is over (and I’m already seeing Easter stuff at the stores – stop already!), I still wanted to do something with red foods this month for my Secret Recipe Club assignment.

This month, I was assigned Karen @ Lavender & Lovage and it might be an overused word but Karen’s blog is truly lovely. Karen is a seasoned food writer and blogger, originally from South Africa and now living in North Yorkshire, England. She also spends a fair amount of time in Southwest France (swoon) and her recipes reflect all of these cuisines.

L&L has a warm and cozy feel to it and I just wanted to curl up with a cup of tea and get lost in it for an entire day. Just a few of her recipes that caught my eye: Lavender Honey Flapjacks (not your traditional pancake), Baked Kiwi and Stem Ginger Cheesecake, Spanish Seafood & Chorizo Skewers, and A Duet of Olive Marinades.

In the end, I chose to make her Spiced Red Lentil Soup with Frazzled Onions for three reasons:

1) February is Heart Health Month and lentils are super healthy – full of fiber, low in fat and protein packed.

2) The color of this soup is a gorgeous deep orange-yellow – two colors I cannot get enough of during this insane, never-ending winter.

3) I’m late to the party but finally purchased one of Ottolenghi’s cookbooks (Plenty) and cannot get enough of its Mediterranean and Middle Eastern influenced, plant-heavy creations like this one. And this one. And Karen’s red lentil and carrot soup, flavored with cumin and curry, fits that bill.

4) I love the word “frazzled” to describe sautéed onions.

Red Lentil & Carrot Soup with Frazzled Onions |

I followed the recipe to the ingredient (if you don’t use grams, I used 1 pound of carrots and 1 cup of red lentils.) And instead of creme fraiche, I used a mix of Greek yogurt and buttermilk, leftover from the Ottolenghi eggplant recipe mentioned above.

Red Lentil & Carrot Soup with Frazzled Onions |

Let’s just say this is a new keeper recipe for me for winter cooking.

Do you have a favorite winter soup? Any recipes using red lentils? Please share to help me get through the rest of this unending winter!

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  1. WOW! What a FABULOUS write-up and so many kind words too, thanks SO much for your lovely post today, you have made my day and the soup looks amazing! I LOVE the word frazzled too by the way! Such beautiful photos and words, what a great way to start a Monday morning! Karen
    Karen recently posted..Pairing Côtes du Rhône Wines with Chinese Takeaway FoodMy Profile

  2. Red lentils are one of my favorite healthy red foods!! This soup looks fabulously spiced…and those frazzled onions are totally a perfect touch!
    Joanne recently posted..Penne a la VodkaMy Profile

  3. We’ve been looking for a new lentil recipe, and it seems we’ve found it! Great post! Happy to be in SRC with you!
    A Couple in the Kitchen recently posted..Slow Cooker Cuban Pork for Secret Recipe ClubMy Profile

  4. The “frazzled” onions caught my eye. This looks lovely for a cold winter evening. Love lentils. And I agree with you; Plenty is one of the best cookbooks I’ve purchased in a long time (and I’ve since purchased all three of Ottolenghi’s books).
    Denise recently posted..Baked Zucchini FriesMy Profile

  5. Such a healthy and comforting dish, ideal for these cold winter days… I love the pics, Deanna!!!
    Denise Browning@From Brazil To You recently posted..Sunshiny Mango Upside Down CakeMy Profile

  6. Yum! I’ve had a big bag of red lentils from the bulk bins for a while now, not sure what to make with them… we may have found a winner! Looks great!
    Jess @ Flying on Jess Fuel recently posted..Crab Stuffed MushroomsMy Profile

  7. Love, love this soup! This is a must save and make soon type of recipe. Great SRC pick!
    Lisa {AuthenticSuburbanGourmet} recently posted..Lemon Currant Cream Scones | Secret Recipe ClubMy Profile

  8. ‘Frazzled’ is a GREAT word. And that looks like a great soup. Can’t wait to try it. Thanks for sharing with the SRC.
    Camilla @ Culinary Adventures recently posted..Is it Rhubarb Season Yet?My Profile

  9. I will eat anything w/ caramelized onions. Pass me a bowl! :)
    chelsy recently posted..Secret Recipe ClubMy Profile

  10. Wow! Yes, please… especially on this cold winter night :) -xo-
    Francesca recently posted..Gluten Free Blueberry Bread PuddingMy Profile

  11. This would definitely fill the bill for warming, filling, and comforting.
    Margaret recently posted..{SRC}Keeping warm in The Deep South!My Profile

  12. Deelllsh! What a hearty and healthy bowlful!
    Feast on the Cheap recently posted..Oreo Cookie Layer CakeMy Profile

  13. Yum, love lentil soup! This looks good- love the bright orange color.
    Karen – Cinnamon Freud recently posted..Meringue Filled Yeasted Coffee Cake: Secret Recipe ClubMy Profile

  14. Sometimes I feel like a frazzled onion myself! Soup should help. GREG


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