Calgary’s new Bite Groceteria & Café, is my newest food muse. I recently stopped by, and while I managed to stop myself from buying a slab of their beautiful milk chocolate cheesecake, I did indulge in a wide variety of cheeses, some marinated artichokes, and a beautiful tin of hot, smoked paprika. Mmm. I could smell it through the sealed tin and knew I had to have it.
This soup is thick and chunky, full of all my favourite vegetables. I began with onions and olive oil (pomace) (USA / Canada), sautéing until tender, adding the smoked paprika after a few minutes to allow it to properly mingle with everything from the beginning. Then, a beautiful clove of garlic, saved from a summer farmer’s market in Invermere, BC. After that it’s a tomato base, with sweet potatoes, carrots, and roasted red peppers. Lentils add some protein and extra body. Simmer with bay leaves and thyme. Yum.
I served it with thick slices of wholemeal bread, butter, and chévre. Yum.
Smoked Paprika & Lentil Soup
1 (798ml/28oz) can diced tomatoes
2 cups vegetable stock, more as needed
2 cups diced sweet potato
2 carrots, chopped
1 cup green lentils, rinsed
2 roasted red peppers, chopped
3 bay leaves
Heat the olive oil (pomace) (USA / Canada) in a large sauce pot over medium low heat. Add the onion and sauté until mostly soft, then add the paprika and sauté until totally soft. Add the garlic and thyme, cook until fragrant.
Add the tomatoes and stock once the onions are soft (if you add the tomatoes early the onions will never soften up and will be crunchy for all time), and then all the other veggies, the lentils, and the bay leaves. Simmer, stirring occasionally, for 20–30 minutes.
Season to taste and serve with sliced bread. Yum!