Simple Puy Lentil Soup with Spinach

by Laura on January 3, 2011

I make a loose plan for a week’s worth of menus every Thursday night and make my routine call for requests to my Dear Husband and my two sweet teenagers. Usually it’s an amusing list of what they don’t want: “No wet meat!” my Honey Girl who dislikes braised dishes might yell from the kitchen. I wonder how many Thursday nights I have had the same conversation with my family about this particular soup. No matter how many times I make it, its presence on the menu list is always greeted with protests, groans, promises to refuse to eat it, attempts at bribes to never make it again, and general moaning. I try futilely each time to convince them that they love it. Then, the magic happens. I make it and we sit down to dinner and, in genuine awe, they love it. They gobble it down and ask for another bowl and swear they will never forget how much they love this lentil soup. Until, of course, the next time it’s on the menu. Just make it. It’s an ugly cousin soup full of things that are too good for you to be truly delicious, but somehow are together. And it’s a perfect meal on a night when you are bone tired or cold or can’t face anything ambitious in the kitchen.

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