The kitchen is a retreat – and a place of comfort for me. As a single mom to my daughter Audra for 6 years, there were times when I felt alone and sad. I would call a friend and then retreat to my tiny apartment kitchen and bake or cook. This is a soup for those times.
My husband, loves lentil soup, and parsnips are a childhood food memory for me. I decided to incorporate an apple to add a little natural sweetness for our two small boys.
French Lentil Soup with Parsnip & Apple
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 and 1/4 cup parsnips, chopped
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 quart vegetable broth (I prefer low sodium)
1 and 1/4 cup french green lentils
1 cup apple, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves (or more)
In a large pot, heat 2 tablespoons oil over medium high heat. Add onion and garlic, and saute until golden, about 3 minutes.
Stir in parsnips, salt and black pepper, and saute for about 5 minutes longer.
Add broth, 2 cups water, lentils and apples. Bring to a simmer, then partially cover the pot. Allow soup to simmer 30 – 35 minutes. Taste, and add salt if necessary.
Using a blender puree half of the soup, then add back to the pot. Soup should be somewhat chunky. Add fresh thyme leaves and gently reheat.