Cold Night, Hot Soup

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As the days start to get colder, that’s usually when I start to make home soups. One of my favorite soups to make is this curried winter soup; it has a lot of amazing flavors and spices throughout it. On of the most prominent spices would have to be the turmeric, giving the soup a bright flavor.

Not only does this soup taste good, but it’s even healthy for you, with all of the vegetables and squash; even my pickiest kids enjoy this soup.

  •     1 onion, chopped
  •     3 cloves crushed garlic
  •     1 tablespoon olive oil
  •     1 1/2 teaspoons curry powder
  •     1 teaspoon ground cumin
  •     1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  •     8 cups vegetable stock
  •     1/4 cup dry lentils
  •     1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes with juice
  •     1/4 cup uncooked white rice
  •     1 cup frozen corn
  •     1/4 cup elbow macaroni
  •     1 small spaghetti squash

Directions:

  1.     Place cut side of the squash down in a lightly oiled baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 30 minutes, or until a sharp knife can be inserted with only a little resistance. Remove squash from oven, and set aside to cool enough to be easily handled. Shred squash with a fork.
  2.     In a large soup pot, saute onions and garlic in olive oil. Add curry powder, cumin, and turmeric. When onions are transparent, add stock and lentils and bring to a boil. Reduce to simmer and add chopped tomatoes and juice.
  3.     If using brown rice, add the rice 10 minutes after adding the lentils, if using white rice, add rice after 25 minutes along with the can of corn. (Add the can of corn at the same time you add rice, white or brown).
  4.     After 35 minutes, add the macaroni and spaghetti squash. Simmer until rice and pasta are cooked.

What is everyone’s favorite soup to make when the winters get cold? If your having trouble locating any spices that you may need for your recipes, come into Standard Restaurant Supply and we can help you find it.

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