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Curried Acorn Squash, Red Lentil And Apple Soup

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Ingredients
  Red lentils 1 Cup (16 tbs), picked over and rinsed
  Water 4 Cup (64 tbs)
  Unsalted butter 1 Tablespoon (Plus 1 Teaspoon)
  Spanish onion 1 , peeled and diced
  Acorn squash 1 Medium, peeled, seeded and cubed (Approximately 4 To 5 Cups Prepared Squash)
  Salt To Taste
  Finely chopped ginger 1 Tablespoon, peeled
  Carrots 2 Medium, scrubbed and diced
  Celery rib 2 , diced
  Red bell pepper To Taste, cored, seeded and diced
  Curry powder 1 Tablespoon
  Coriander 2 Teaspoon
  Cinnamon 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Cortland apples 2 , unpeeled, cored and diced
  Pepper To Taste
Directions

MAKING
1. In a saucepan place the lentils, in 2 cups of the water and bring to a boil.
2. Reducing the heat, simmer the lentils until they are tender but still whole, approximately 5 to 10 minutes and set the lentils aside.
3. In a Dutch oven heat the 1 tablespoon of butter over low heat and sauté the onion in it, stirring often, until it is soft.
4. Then add the squash along with a dash of salt, cover the pot and steam-saute the squash, stirring it often, for 6 minutes.
5. Pouring in 2 more cups of the water, simmer the squash until it is tender, approximately 10 minutes.
6. In a food processor or blender puree the onion-squash mixture until it is very smooth and set it aside.
7. In the cleaned Dutch oven, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter over low heat and sauté the gingerroot, until it is soft and fragrant.
8. Add the carrots, celery, red bell pepper along with a dash of salt, cover the pot and steam-saute the vegetables, stirring them often, for 6 minutes.
9. Add the curry powder, coriander and cinnamon and saute the vegetables 2 minutes longer.
10. Raising the heat, add the remaining 2 cups of water and bring the mixture to a boil.
11. Lowering the heat simmer the mixture until the carrots are tender, approximately 10 minutes.
12. Add the apples and simmer the mixture for 2 minutes longer.
13. To the vegetable mixture add the pureed squash and the cooked lentils, stir well and simmer the soup 5 minutes longer.

SERVING
14. Season with salt and pepper and serve hot.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Medium
Cuisine: 
American
Course: 
Appetizer
Method: 
Simmering
Restriction: 
Vegetarian, Pregnancy
Ingredient: 
Acorn
Interest: 
Everyday, Healthy
Preparation Time: 
15 Minutes
Cook Time: 
30 Minutes
Ready In: 
0 Minutes
Servings: 
4

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