Green Lentil and Apple-Brown Butter Soup + Autumn Garden Dress-Up Games

by Jen on September 20, 2012

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.

Green Lentil and Apple-Brown Butter Soup
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Recipe Type: Soup
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 45 mins
Total time: 55 mins
Serves: 4 to 6
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 5 1/2 cups (1.3L) vegetable broth or water
  • 1 1/2 cups (10.5 oz / 300 g) green lentils or green split peas, rinsed
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter + 2 tablespoons for garnish
  • 1/2 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
Preparation
  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.

 

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Laura (Tutti Dolci) September 20, 2012 at 4:19 pm

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

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Valerie September 20, 2012 at 6:09 pm

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. :)

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Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious September 20, 2012 at 6:13 pm

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!

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Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts September 20, 2012 at 6:29 pm

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!

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Mom-Friday September 20, 2012 at 8:38 pm

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!

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The Squishy Monster September 20, 2012 at 9:06 pm

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

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amy @ fearless homemaker September 20, 2012 at 10:21 pm

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

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Lisa (AuthenticSuburbanGourmet) September 20, 2012 at 10:43 pm

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!!!!

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Corinne September 20, 2012 at 11:05 pm

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

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Patty September 20, 2012 at 11:05 pm

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;-)

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Sandra's Easy Cooking September 21, 2012 at 12:28 am

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!!!!!

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Choc Chip Uru September 21, 2012 at 6:57 am

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

Cheers
CCU

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Jen @ Savory Simple September 21, 2012 at 9:53 am

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

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Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet September 21, 2012 at 11:15 am

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

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Jean | Lemons and Anchovies September 21, 2012 at 1:10 pm

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. :)

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Lisa September 21, 2012 at 1:12 pm

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.

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Nami | Just One Cookbook September 21, 2012 at 2:05 pm

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… :D 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!

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Eha September 22, 2012 at 12:06 am

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 : ) !

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Lucia September 22, 2012 at 3:14 am

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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Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking September 22, 2012 at 10:24 pm

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

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Raymund September 23, 2012 at 5:03 am

Really nice photos! Your very talented with that camera

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Heather September 23, 2012 at 2:13 pm

Gorgeous photos, gorgeous recipe – amazing post!

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mjskit September 23, 2012 at 6:16 pm

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!

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MizzJ September 23, 2012 at 9:00 pm

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

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Kiran @ KiranTarun.com September 23, 2012 at 10:45 pm

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

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Lora @cakeduchess September 25, 2012 at 5:09 am

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:)

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wok with ray September 25, 2012 at 1:43 pm

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

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Joanna @ Chic & Gorgeosu Treats September 26, 2012 at 9:33 am

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~

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Rowena @ Apron and Sneakers September 26, 2012 at 6:39 pm

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.

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Suzanne September 27, 2012 at 12:09 pm

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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