The end of winter has finally arrived and spring is in the air. Little buds filled with springtime energy are crowning the tips of the tree branches and the pollen is flowing in the breeze. I'm ready to get my hands dirty in my vegetable garden now that all chances of frost have passed. Gah, I simply cannot wait for those homegrown veggies to start popping up in the backyard.
While I am super excited about the changing of the seasons, it's bittersweet for me if I'm going to be honest. The fall and winter months bring with them some of my favorite things like bonfires, winter fashion, and all of my favorite comfort food meals like casseroles, roasts, soups, and stews.
I'm happy to trade bonfires for the beach and sweaters for flip flops, but the arrival of spring means it's time to tuck away the stick-to-your-ribs comfort food recipes I adore so much until fall rolls around again.
Sure, you can prepare comfort foods during the spring and summer moths, too, but truth be told, in Florida a piping hot soup is less than desirable in July if you know what I'm sayin'.
This Hearty Lentil Soup is my last nod to winter before the sun is scorching and anything less than a gazpacho will do when it comes to souping it. This lentil soup has all of the hearty, filling, flavorful qualities that you could ever want in a comfort food classic!
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This soup just screamed make me! while I was browsing the America's Test Kitchen recipes.
To be fair, most of the recipes were screaming their proverbial heads telling me to make them, but this one really stood out to me for some reason. I just loved that the ingredients were ones that I usually stock in my pantry and everything about it said fresh, fresh, fresh.
I was so pleased with the outcome, but I would expect nothing less from my friends at Cook's Illustrated and America's Test Kitchen. It was slightly smokey thanks to the bacon, hearty and filling thanks to the lentils, and would you just look at those beautiful colors! Just gorgeous!
All I have to do now is narrow down which one of the America's Test Kitchen recipes I'll be making next. We shall see! Stay tuned and next month I'll be sharing another tried and true recipe. I can't wait!