carrot lentil soup

Photo: William Meppem

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The Vegetable Soup with Serious Character
A carrot and red lentil soup isn't just beautiful to look at—it also has an exotic flavor you'd never guess you could get with just 12 minutes of simmering. Hay draws on sautéed onions, garlic and ginger to serve as a base for what comes next: grated carrots, red lentils and stock. While the soup cooks, you spread slices of sourdough bread with harissa, a North African hot, red-chili paste (or you can just rub the bread with a cut garlic clove) and cook it under the broiler so it toasts, turning the slices into ideal dippers for the chunky, spiced soup.

Get the recipe: Carrot and Red Lentil Soup