Snow Day Ginger Soup

yellowpeaTaking ideas from several intrepid cooks, I played ‘the pantry game’ and used what was on hand in my kitchen to make this rich and tasty soup. Two handy finds were a partially-used jar of roasted red pepper strips, a small container of frozen kale pesto, and some Greek yogurt for a creamy garnish. What appears to be split pea soup is actually pungent with curry, ginger, and pesto.


  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 carrots, diced
  • 1 tsp. sweet curry powder
  • 1 tsp. turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 c. roasted red pepper, diced
  • 3 inch knob of ginger, peeled and grated
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 c. yellow lentils, soaked for one hour
  • 3 c. chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1 15 oz. can coconut milk
  • 1/3 c. pesto
  • 1 head of cauliflower florets, sliced into 1/4 inch pieces

 

Preheat oven 350º

Heat 1 tblsp. butter or oil in a large, heavy-bottomed pot. Sauté carrot and onion until translucent. Push vegetables to one side of the pot, add salt and spices. Stir gently while toasting — about two minutes.  Add pepper, ginger and garlic. Stir to combine all ingredients and cook for two minutes more.  Transfer to a bowl. Set aside.

Simmer lentils in stock until tender, about 25 minutes.

In the meantime, spread sliced cauliflower on a foil-lined sheet pan. Sprinkle with salt and roast in oven for 25 minutes, turning occasionally with a spatula. Cauliflower should be crisp and crunchy, but not burned.

Stir coconut milk, pesto, and onion mixture into lentils. Bring to a simmer.

Serve soup over roasted cauliflower.  Garnish with freshly-squeezed lemon and a dollop of Greek yogurt.