Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Lentil soup w/ Parmesan Cheese #recipe and #book #giveaway

From Avery aka Daryl

To promote my upcoming release of DAYS OF WINE AND ROQUEFORT, I'm doing a book giveaway today. See below for details!

I know the country has gone through an amazing winter so far, and there’s more COLD to come. Ugh. So sorry for all of you who might have suffered thus far.

When I lived in Connecticut and was facing shoveling snow and “lovely” (read: messy) slushy/cold/icy walks with my dogs, I wanted warm food. For breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Because soup is an iffy prospect for a celiac at a restaurant (most chefs use wheat flour in their roux), I rarely order soup out; therefore, I make it at home a lot. I have some good soup cookbooks. One of my favorites is from William and Sonoma. It has a great mushroom soup recipe in it. I also browse magazines for new soup recipes.

However, honestly, I can’t remember where I found this recipe for lentil soup. Sorry. My mind this month is a blank. I’ve been so overwrought with writing a book that’s due February 1st and doing PR for my two upcoming releases in February and March, not to mention having a new puppy in the house and constant houseguests since Thanksgiving, I’m simply blank when it comes to anything that is not essential.

I cooked it; we devoured it. I’m simply not sure where I got it.

But I’m going to share it anyway because, for those who know me, it’s been tweaked, which means it is not exactly like the recipe from which I must have borrowed. I certainly couldn’t have concocted this one on my own. LOL



(serves 6)

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
2 carrots, peeled and chopped (1/2 cup)
2 celery stalks, chopped (1/2 cup)
2 garlic cloves, chopped
2 teaspoons salt
10 grinds of a peppermill
1 ½ cups diced tomatoes (14 ½ ounce can)
1 pound lentils (about 1 ½ cups), uncooked
8 cups chicken broth (gluten-free for those who need it to be so)
2 teaspoons dried thyme
2/3 cup dried elbow pasta, uncooked (gluten-free for those who need it to be so)
1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese


In a large pot, heat the oil over medium heat. Ad the onion, carrots, and celery. Add the garlic, salt and pepper and sauté all until the vegetables are tender, 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes (with their juices). Simmer until the tomatoes evaporate a tad, about 5 minutes. Add the lentils and stir. Add the broth and stir. Add the thyme and bring mixture to boil over high heat.

Cover and simmer over low-low heat until the lentils are tender, about 30 minutes. Stir in the pasta. Simmer until the pasta is cooked, about 8 minutes.

Ladle the soup into six bowls. 

Sprinkle generously with Parmesan cheese. Serve hot.

(Reheats great!)

What's your favorite cold-weather meal?

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I'm giving away your choice of one of the first four Cheese Shop mysteries or FINAL SENTENCE, the first in the Cookbook Nook mysteries. Plus some fun swag!


Also…I and three of my blogmates, Meg, Sheila, and Lucy are offering a giveaway on Facebook with books and more, in anticipation of all of our releases the first week of February. The contest runs through January 31st. Click the photo below to check it out.

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  1. I had never met a lentil until I saw Julia Child cook them on The French Chef (baked with sausage--I've long since substituted kielbasa). But you're bang on--they make a nice hearty soup for a cold winter day. (See me avoid shoveling snow!)

    1. Avoid the snow. Nothing worse than shoveling it. Playing in it? Fine! Love it.

      Daryl / Avery

    2. Someone else who loves Kielbasa! I make Jambalaya for dinner when hubby is away working, the boy and I love it and he takes the left over for work. It's just a mix but I use Kielbasa instead of regular sausage or chicken or shrimp, it's his favorite. :)

  2. Yum! Toasty down to my toes.
    Best wishes on all your new book children.

  3. There's nothing like a great grilled cheese sandwich when we're freezing in MN! I've had them for breakfast, lunch, dinner and in-between this winter. We haven't had that much snow but lots of below zero temps and killer windchills.

    Shared on Facebook.


    1. Karen, thanks! The temps across the nation have been brutal. I'm shivering in spirit with everyone. And wishing you all warmth.

      Daryl / Avery

  4. I just made a big pot of 10-Vegetable Soup last night. It's so cold here, and a bowl of soup is the perfect dish for warming us up.

    Homemade soups and stews are my favorite winter dishes. This recipe looks delish, Daryl, and is the first lentil soup I've seen without spinach or some kind of green.

    No need to add my name to the giveaway, since I've recently won your first Cookbook Nook book! Loved it, too.

    1. Karen, sweet. Thanks! So glad you enjoyed the recipe and the book. Hope you'll check out the Cheese Shop series, too. Lots of gluten-free mentions. :)

      Daryl / Avery

  5. I do like soup on cold days, and this one is making my mouth water. Not that we're having cold days here in Southern California.

    1. Mark, I know. 80 degrees. Drought. Hard to want soup with those kinds of temps, and yet…it's winter.

      Avery / Daryl

  6. Love your books and love your blogs. Thanks for allowing me to be a part of your life! Martha Franks

    1. Martha, aren't you sweet. Thank you for joining in our lives. We're so excited to have everyone join us for tasty treats and good reads.

      Daryl / Avery

  7. This sounds good. Especially since it's cold in NJ today.
    sgiden at verizon dot net

    1. Sandy, My son is in New York and experiencing the same weather joy you are. Stay warm!!!

      Daryl /Avery

  8. My favorite thing in the recipe? Don't laugh, but, it's the spatula! I love it, you must smile while you are cooking using it :)

  9. I would love this! My son and I love soup, but my hubby does not. When I have to have it, I make it and just strain my hubby's out, lol.

    1. Moongrrlie, that's too funny! Husbands…got to love 'em.

      Daryl / Avery

  10. With the temps in the single numbers, this is the perfect soup!
    grammyd01 (at) Comcast (dot) net

    1. Single digits. Ick. I remember many when living in Connecticut.

      Daryl / Avery

  11. Yummy! Also think the spatula is pretty spiffy. Love your books. Thanks for writing them.

    1. Thanks, Barbara. Got the spatula at my favorite culinary books