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Dec 27, 2011

Recipe: White lentil soup with chorizo, poached eggs, and paprika cream

By: Beatrice Peltre

Recipe: White lentil soup with chorizo, poached eggs, and paprika cream Author: Style At Home

Recipes
Dec 27, 2011

Recipe: White lentil soup with chorizo, poached eggs, and paprika cream

By: Beatrice Peltre
“Elle a vraiment du caractère, ta soupe!”  (“Your hearty soup has a ton of character!”) my father exclaimed while eating quickly, as he always does. My parents were visiting us for two weeks — it was February in Boston. Winter. We could feel the wind and snow falling outside. And it was exactly the kind of rustic food that we felt like eating for dinner. Perfect with a loaf of crusty country bread on the side, a salad recipe, and even some grated cheese if we felt like it.
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Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 thyme twigs
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 large shallot, chopped
  • 1 large leek, white part only, finely chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, finely chopped
  • 24 thin slices of spicy chorizo
  • 2 large tomatoes, blanched, peeled, cored, seeded, and diced
  • 1 tablespoon double-concentrated tomato paste
  • 2 cups white lentils, rinsed and sorted
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and diced
  • 1 cup peeled and diced butternut squash or kabocha squash
  • 4 cups chicken stock or homemade vegetable broth
  • 4 cups (945 ml) cold water
  • 1/4 teaspoon saffron threads
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 cilantro stems with leaves, plus more leaves to serve
  • Sea salt and pepper
  • For the egg:
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 6 extra-fresh large eggs
  • Crème fraîche, to serve
  • Ground paprika, to serve

Directions
1 In a large pot, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the thyme, cumin, turmeric, shallot, leek, and celery and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes, without browning, until fragrant and the vegetables start to soften. Add the slices of chorizo and cook for 2 minutes, stirring. Add the tomatoes and tomato paste and cook for 1 minute.

2 Add the lentils, carrots, and squash and cook for 1 minute, then add the stock, water, saffron, bay leaves, and cilantro stems. Cover and simmer the soup for 25 minutes, or until all the vegetables and the lentils are fork-tender. Discard the thyme and bay leaves and keep warm on the stove while you prepare the eggs.

3 To prepare the egg: Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add a generous pinch of sea salt and the vinegar. Bring to a simmer. Break 1 egg into a small cup and carefully transfer the egg in the simmering water. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes, until the egg white is set but the yolk is still runny.

4 Remove with a slotted spoon and transfer to a paper towel. Repeat with the other eggs.

5 To serve, ladle the soup into deep bowls, sprinkle with the cilantro leaves, and add a heaping tablespoon of crème fraîche to each. Top each bowl with a poached egg and a dash of paprika.

Serves 6.



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Excerpted from La Tartine Gourmande by Beatrice Peltre. Copyright © 2012 by Beatrice Peltre. Excerpted by permission of Roost Books. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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