Soup with the Simons: Red wine lentil (Plus: February Kosher Connection linkup!)

By | February 17, 2014

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I don’t know the first thing about drinks, but cooking with them is something I can handle. It’s worked out well so far. Remember the penne a la vodka, honey beer bread muffins, vodka amaretto cake, and more recently, the red wine vegetable soup? For this month’s Kosher Connection linkup with a pre-Purim cocktail theme, I went back to that bottle of sweet red.

The wine complements the lentils nicely here, adding depth to the soup without being overbearing. Thanks to the combination of lentils and barley, this is a hearty soup that’s practically a meal by itself. But the flavor and the fact that it’s filling aren’t even my favorite features. Nope, that spot is reserved for the easiness. This is a dump-and-cook dish: everything in the pot and cook for an hour. Dinner.is.done.


5 Comments

Alex on February 17, 2014 at 4:35 pm.

This looks like it would be good for a slow cooker on low. Maybe not for shabbat lunch length of time, because the barley would probably break down too much and make it less soup-y. It’s now on my meal plan for next week and I will report back.

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Debby on February 18, 2014 at 10:25 pm.

Sweet wine, like Manischewitz?

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Tali Simon on February 19, 2014 at 10:20 am.

Sweet wine, yes. I haven’t used Manischewitz, so I can’t comment on that one in particular.

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Alex on February 23, 2014 at 4:21 pm.

This works perfectly in the slow cooker. It’s definitely going into my meal rotation. I didn’t change much:
*I used 7 cups of water instead of 8 to account for less steam escaping from the slow cooker and kept a cup of water by the slow cooker to add if things started to look dry.
*I cooked on low the whole time because it would be cooking for 10 hours (9am to 7pm).
*I used regular red wine (2011 Barkan Merlot) because we Manishewitz/Kedem-type wines wouldn’t get finished in our home.

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Tali Simon on February 23, 2014 at 7:45 pm.

Now that’s what I call reporting back! So glad it worked.

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