Green Lentil and Apple-Brown Butter Soup

My kids have been enjoying the last bits of summer, running around the garden and prancing in their new autumn wardrobes excitedly. In no time, the cold winds will blow, and the trees will slowly turn bare and make way for winter slumber. Oh lovely flowers, we will miss you. Oh green, green grass, we will miss you, too. But I won’t think about that now; I’ll think about that tomorrow.

As the warm sun yields to chilly breezes, we head to the kitchen where our soup pots are fast becoming the hardest working vessel in the household. I make a green lentil soup, but my kids scream “yuck!” after the first taste. So, I promptly add some puréed apples, and lo and behold, it is as if a miracle happened!

Between bowls of soup, there are dances in the garden. The bees are busy buzzing around and the squirrels are flitting about. Two little girls twirl underneath the trees.

The little one plays wizards and princesses in the tower in her Dagmar Daley linen Aberdeen dress. The older one prefers a simple Mini Mioche empire tunic and tights for cartwheels and tumbles (with sparkle shoes, of course). Both love to pick flowers.

There is an incident with an injured little red (toy) bird named Jewel. My girls nurse the broken wing and feed her some sweet nectar from the flowers. By spring time, she will fly again! In the meantime…

…a steaming cup of soup will keep us all nice and toasty.

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Green Lentil and Apple-Brown Butter Soup
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Recipe Type: Soup
Serves: 4 to 6
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 5½ cups (1.3L) vegetable broth or water
  • 1½ cups (10.5 oz / 300 g) green lentils or green split peas, rinsed
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter + 2 tablespoons for garnish
  • ½ cup apple, cored, peeled, and roughly diced
  • salt and fresh ground pepper
  • one apple, cored and sliced thinly (for garnish)
  • whole wheat bread, toasted and diced
  • daikon radish sprouts
  1. In a large soup pot over medium heat, combine the two tablespoons butter, onion, and garlic, stirring continuously for about 2 minutes or until the onion softens.
  2. Add the vegetable broth or water and lentils, and simmer, covered, until the lentils are tender. This usually takes 20 to 30 minutes, but can be as long as 50 minutes.
  3. In the meantime, brown the 3 tablespoons butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. When it starts to smell nutty and fragrant, stir in the diced apple and cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Set aside.
  4. When the lentils are done, stir in the apple-brown butter, season with salt and pepper, then puree with an immersion blender until desired consistency (smooth or chunky).
  5. Wipe the small saucepan clean and reheat on medium. Brown the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter until fragrant and amber in colour. Set aside in warm place until ready to use.
  6. Ladle in bowls and garnish soup with toasted bread cubes, sliced apples, and daikon radish sprouts.
  7. Drizzle with brown butter.



  • Reply September 20, 2012

    Laura (Tutti Dolci)

    Gorgeous, Jen! I love the contrast of the smooth soup against the garnishes. And the brown butter drizzle – hello heaven! :)

  • Reply September 20, 2012


    I think brown butter could hold back the coldest wind and lift even the iciest of moods. :)
    This is a gorgeous post. I’m tempted to grasp that spoon and sample the soup right through the screen. (I’ve never seen such a lovely lentil soup!) Your girls are too adorable. :)

  • Reply September 20, 2012

    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

    Awwwww, these pictures are just too cute! And this soup looks so hearty. It’s 90+ degrees out here but I am still totally going to make this!

  • Your girls are just too cute! I was hoping you would share this recipe, I saw on it FB the other day, and it just sounded wonderful!

  • Reply September 20, 2012


    This looks creamy and yummy! But I never had lentil soup before…we’re not much into peas and beans kasi.
    You have a garden?! We want one too! :))) M is also sticking with leggings lately mainly for comfort in school, and ease of pulling it up after toilet breaks. T is sooo cute in her dress, I love it!

  • Reply September 20, 2012

    The Squishy Monster

    Your babies are so beautiful! and I love how your soup displays the summery bits that are flying away. Wonderful all around–your post made me smile =D

  • Reply September 20, 2012

    amy @ fearless homemaker

    I’m loving that it’s becoming soup weather here! Yours looks absolutely delicious – wonderful plating! And the little ones are too cute. =)

  • What a simply beautiful soup! I just wish I had a bowl of it right now. The photos of your kids are lovely and they are so cute!!!!

  • Reply September 20, 2012


    Please tell me where your white soup pot is from. I love it!

  • Reply September 20, 2012


    Sweet photos of your girls, they are so cute holding flowers;-)
    I’ve been thinking about soups this week, I’m loving all the flavors and textures in your lovely soup creation-thanks for inspiring me;-)

  • Reply September 21, 2012

    Sandra's Easy Cooking

    First let me say that your girls are adorable…so, so cute! Pictures are live and beautiful…and soup sounds amazing. I am not into lentils at all but looking at your pureed one and with apples and brown butter it looks and sounds fantastic. My kids actually love lentils and calling them small beans for some reason, and I am the one who is always refusing hehehe…got to give your soup a try! Great post!!!!!

  • Reply September 21, 2012

    Choc Chip Uru

    Awww your girls are way too cute than should be legal 😛
    Loving look soup, I love the combination of ingredients!


  • Reply September 21, 2012

    Jen @ Savory Simple

    They are so adorable! These pictures are wonderful and the soup sounds amazing.

  • Reply September 21, 2012

    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet

    OMG your kiddos are so ADORABLE! Love the photos! The soup – brilliant! Swoon!

  • Reply September 21, 2012

    Jean | Lemons and Anchovies

    After basking in gorgeous summer weather for three weeks I definitely felt the evening chill when I returned home. This cup of soup would hit the spot right now, even at 1o am since jet lag has me feeling like it’s dinnertime.

    Always love seeing pictures of your girls. :)

  • Reply September 21, 2012


    I think you need a few more pictures of the same bowl of soup! And are you trying to use as many adjectives as possible in one post? You are trying way to hard.

  • Reply September 21, 2012

    Nami | Just One Cookbook

    Your girls are so beautiful and they are willing to being photographed. Mine? Forget it – they won’t even look at the camera anymore. Your little one taking a nap? Wish we live close so we can have a playdate for kids while “I” enjoy this delicious soup… 😀 Your dish is always so lucky by being plated nicely and they are like a model – you always do a fantastic job dressing up and take gorgeous photograph. I know my food will look different if you take pictures of them. 😉 Have a great weekend!

  • Reply September 22, 2012


    Be happy, mother! Your daughters sure are, and that is the most important thing in the world!! Beautiful, beautiful photos . . . Oh, lovely soup also, which I’ll try as she stands – just a wee bit different to how I normally make it! Thanks : ) !

  • Reply September 22, 2012


    This looks amazing! I´m so making this for the familia tonight!! Thanks so much for sharing! Lovely pics too!! :) xxx, martinis & elephants.

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  • Your daughters are so beautiful. Love all the photos you share and the soup sounds great on the chill autumn days.

  • Reply September 23, 2012


    Really nice photos! Your very talented with that camera

  • Reply September 23, 2012


    Gorgeous photos, gorgeous recipe – amazing post!

  • Reply September 23, 2012


    I’m not sure which pictures I like better – the food shots or the shots of your beautiful daughters! I love pictures that make me smile and these certainly did! I am just like your daughters and hate the passing of summer. I’m not going to miss the heat, but I am going to miss the flowers and abundance of fresh produce. Your soup sounds wonderful and looks so very delicious! Love the combination of ingredients! Hope you are enjoying the first weekend of fall!

  • Reply September 23, 2012


    Woah, what is up with that hater commenter? I loved this post, it was just adorable and really captured the feel of that day.

  • Reply September 23, 2012

    Kiran @

    Beautiful kids and delicious meals — these are truly blessings of life. Have fun :)

  • Reply September 25, 2012

    Lora @cakeduchess

    Such beautiful girls and they are really cooperative models. Their outfits are so sweet:)Love to see the pretty green yard. Delicious soup that has me ready for cool temps:)

  • Reply September 25, 2012

    wok with ray

    Your kitds are adorable, Jen! This lovely and delicious looking soup fits the coming autumn season perfectly.

  • Your daughters are so adorable. I hope my niece will enjoy my baked or cooked goodies. Beautiful photos too to keep me going and inspired. Rarely make lentil soup and server with apple. Sounds interesting and will attempt to make this. Have a great week! Cheers~

  • Reply September 26, 2012

    Rowena @ Apron and Sneakers

    Soup season again. And what better way to welcome it with your soup. I love everything about this post Jen. Starting from your adorable daughters down to the injured red bird to every single bit about the soup.

  • Reply September 27, 2012


    Very cute pictures of your children, what little girl doesn’t love to pick flowers right? The flowers or gorgeous too. Great soup with a surprise in the sliced apple on top. You always have unique flavors happening I would never get bored eating at your house.

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