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)

Here’s how:

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.

xoxo, dana

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