French Fridays with Dorie: orange-scented lentil soup

I’ve really been enjoying soups lately as I pointed out in the post about the last Dorie Greenspan soup we made just a few weeks ago. This week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe (orange-scented lentil soup, p 90) was no exception. It was also something a little different to what I am used to making – I don’t often make lentil soup but this has made me re-evaluate that. Also – can I just say – ginger and orange is a fabulous combination – who knew?

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With onions, celery, carrots and lentils as the base, this soup combines wonderfully flavourful orange peel, coriander, cloves and ginger for a little hint of the exotic in what might otherwise be a drab, boring soup.

I doubled the ginger and added a little more orange peel than the recipe called for for a lovely spicy, cirtusy note that intensified even more after a couple of days in the fridge.

Topped with Greek yoghurt and some orange zest, this was the ultimate “feel good” soup for the winter – tasted bright and the ginger, for whatever reason, just makes you feel *better*.


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30 Responses to French Fridays with Dorie: orange-scented lentil soup

  1. Liz March 15, 2013 at 06:45 #

    I loved this one, too! I like the idea of upping the ginger…magnificent, Mardi!

  2. Cher March 15, 2013 at 06:54 #

    The ginger really made this soup.I thought yogurt was a perfect topping for this.

  3. Paula @ Vintage Kitchen March 15, 2013 at 08:37 #

    For me it was the coriander. I added some more and more orange too, and finally had a great soup. The yogurt is perfect Mardi! Lovely soup. Have a great weekend.

  4. Anne Marie March 15, 2013 at 13:34 #

    I will be putting ginger in more soups. I cannot believe how lovely your pictures are.

    • Mardi Michels April 26, 2013 at 20:14 #

      Thank you 🙂 And yes, ginger in soups is awesome!

  5. Carie March 15, 2013 at 14:08 #

    Yes, I loved the bright flavors that the ginger and orange added. Your soup looks beautiful, which is saying a lot because this is not a pretty soup.

  6. Diane Balch March 15, 2013 at 14:10 #

    I think adding more orange was a great idea and it improved the color tremendously.

  7. Mary Hirsch March 15, 2013 at 14:25 #

    Your soup looks a little thicker than mine and I prefer thick ‘n chunky to thin ‘n chunky. Did you use more lentils as well as more spices? I always have a heavier hand than Dorie with the spices and flavorings and this week’s recipe was no exception. I liked it also and I’ve found, like all soups, it freezes well. I hope you are having some fun mixed in with your work in Manhattan.

    • Mardi Michels April 26, 2013 at 20:13 #

      Love thicker soups, yes! No more lentils, not sure why it was so thick but I liked it!

  8. Sara March 15, 2013 at 22:03 #

    Ginger is such a mood-lifter, and paired with orange, it certainly can work wonders! This could easily become a winter favorite in our house. I love the presentation of yours, with that dollop of yoghurt and the orange zest on top! I would have liked just a little more orange on mine; zest would have done the trick nicely. Lovely job!

  9. Nana March 16, 2013 at 13:06 #

    Your soup looks so delicious and the way you added the zest on top is so perfect with the dollop
    of yogurt. This was good, but I still like my lentils whole. Great idea for this cold weather and
    the end of winter. Have a great weekend.

  10. Tammy March 16, 2013 at 19:17 #

    Doubled the ginger? What a great idea! And for cold weather, that could warm you right up, too!

  11. Betsy March 16, 2013 at 21:33 #

    Are those jelly jars you are using for bowls? Whatever it is, it look very inviting. I do love soup this time of year, though honestly, this wasn’t my favorite recipe. Hope you had a good time in New York.

  12. Kendra March 17, 2013 at 11:13 #

    What a tasty soup this was! Hope you are having fun in New York!

  13. yummychunklet March 17, 2013 at 17:13 #

    Yours is the brightest looking lentil soup I’ve seen so far!

  14. Barb Bamber March 17, 2013 at 20:58 #

    I think your soup looks fantastic and I love the additional flavours, it definitely would be more interesting than the lentil soups I’ve tried! Lovely! xx

    • Mardi Michels April 26, 2013 at 20:12 #

      This was a nice change from traditional lentil soup.

  15. Tricia S. March 17, 2013 at 21:04 #

    Love love love your adding zest when serving- great presentation and I can imagine how yummy it tasted ! I am with you on enjoying all these soups lately – the perfect time of year indeed. Enjoy your time in the big Apple ~

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