“Soup is cuisine’s kindest course. It breathes reassurance; it steams consolation; after a weary day it promotes sociability, as the five o’clock cup of tea or the cocktail hour.” ~ Louis P. De Gouy
I possess quite an affinity for soup. I’d even go as far as to say that I’m in love with soup of all kinds. To me, soup is akin to tea. Tea is what revives you. And after a demanding day at work, a tiresome commute or a day spent outside in the cold, soup does more than just nourish; it warms and revitalizes you. Whether served on its own or as a prelude to the goodness yet to come, soup lifts the spirits, puts one in a good mood and provides a certain sense of comfort and safety. Curling up with a good book and a warming cup of soup is just as relaxing as a cup of tea in hand after a long day.
Sharing a ladle or two of aromatic soup with a friend is even more special. Talking over the day is best shared around a steaming bowl of savory soup. And this curried red lentil and sweet potato soup is just perfect for the sharing kind. Brothy, deliciously savory and spiced with curry powder plus squeezes of lemon, this soup has easily become a favorite of mine. Plus it’s packed with sweet, earthy sweet potatoes and one of the world’s oldest health foods, lentils. Lentils are incredibly high in fiber and protein AND stave off hunger while steadying blood glucose levels. What’s not to love!
Top your bowl with fresh parsley and thyme. And as we round out the long days of winter, let us not forget that January is National Soup Month. So grab your Dutch ovens or sauce pans, and get to soup making!