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Curried Lentil soup with Havarti

Curried Lentil soup with Havarti

2 tbsp (30 mL) butter
1 onion, chopped
2 stalks celery, minced
2 cups (500 mL) peeled and finely diced
1 cup (250 mL) peeled and finely diced
1 1/2 cups (375 mL) canned lentils, rinsed
and drained
2 cups (500mL) vegetable or chicken stock
1 cup (250 mL) milk
2 tsp (10 mL) curry paste or powder
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1/3 lb (160 g) plain or jalapeño-flavoured
Canadian Havarti, cubed
2 tbsp (30 mL) coarsely chopped fresh

In a large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Cook onion, celery, carrots and
potatoes for 3 to 4 minutes.

Add lentils, stock, milk and curry. Salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil and
simmer over low heat for 20 to 25 minutes or until vegetables are soft.

Purée soup in a blender or food processor. Adjust seasonings.

To serve, place cheese in each bowl of soup and garnish with coriander.

Suggestion: This is a great way to serve up legumes to children who are picky eaters.
Soup can also be served unblended.

Note: As cheese is added just before serving, soup can be made ahead and reheated.
Soup can also be frozen.

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