Tomato and Red Lentil Bisque and a Cookbook Review

by Heidi @ Food Doodles on May 8, 2012

Tomato and Red Lentil Bisque and a Cookbook Review

I have a new favorite soup.  Since posting my cajun shrimp soup recipe in February we’ve had that soup almost a dozen times and I usually make way more than the recipe makes because we love it for leftovers too.  I’ve moved on though.  Seriously, this is now my favorite soup.  Good news, I don’t have to share with the husband because he doesn’t like lentils.  Bad news, I have to share with a toddler that is also crazy about this soup Tomato and Red Lentil Bisque and a Cookbook Review

Tomato and Red Lentil Bisque and a Cookbook Review

A while ago I was sent a cookbook to review, Whitewater Cooks with Friends.  Whitewater is a ski resort that’s just over the mountains from where we live, so I couldn’t resist taking a look and I’m so glad I did.  Just from appearances, this book is gorgeous.  It’s filled with amazing full page pictures which I absolutely love.  Obviously I’m a visual person when it comes to food Tomato and Red Lentil Bisque and a Cookbook Review

Tomato and Red Lentil Bisque and a Cookbook Review

I am a little disappointed that the book contains a lot of seafood recipes though.  Because of where we live and the price of seafood, we don’t enjoy it very often, but all the recipes do look delicious.  But I was happy that there were a few vegetarian options, and a lot of recipes that are easily adapted.  And if this recipe is any indication of what the rest are like, I really can’t wait to try more!

The small note at the top of this recipe says “Tana is probably the most vivacious person you could ever meet and her flavorful personality shines through in the his soup… she loves it so much that she says she could bathe in it!”  I couldn’t agree with Tana more.  Did I mention this is my new favorite soup?

Tomato and Red Lentil Bisque and a Cookbook Review

Another note about the soup, I made it on a gorgeous sunny day and I was thinking about what bad timing it was because I wasn’t particularly in the mood for soup on such a warm day but it was incredibly refreshing.  It was really perfect for a warm spring day, so don’t hesitate to try it even though it’s warming up.  I served mine with some extremely fast 100% whole wheat naan bread that I’ll share the recipe for soon!

Tomato and Red Lentil Bisque and a Cookbook Review

Tomato and Red Lentil Bisque and a Cookbook Review

**Disclaimer:  While I did receive this cookbook for free, I did not receive any compensation for this review.  Any opinions are 100% my own and I was not under any obligation to write a positive review.

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1 Marina {YummyMummyKitchen.com} May 8, 2012 at 11:45 pm

Oh I love lentils – yum !
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2 Kathryn May 9, 2012 at 3:02 am

One of my friends makes a similar soup and it’s always super popular – it’s such a great combination of flavours and full of texture and delicious goodness!
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3 Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} May 9, 2012 at 5:36 am

This looks fantastic! I think it’s going on my meal plan for next week. Thank you! My soup days are coming to a close for the summer, so I better hurry and make this. I can’t wait for you naan recipe, too!
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4 Chelsea @ Naturally Sweet Recipes May 9, 2012 at 8:39 am

wow, this looks soo good!! your pictures rock, that color of that soup is amazing!
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5 Heather May 9, 2012 at 9:27 am

This soups looks so amazing – I cannot wait for the super fast Naan Bread!
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6 Melissa @ Dash of East May 9, 2012 at 2:49 pm

Wow, this soup looks amazing. Love the color and I bet it’s so tasty too. Loving your photos and looking forward to the Naan bread recipe! :)
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7 Eat Good 4 Life May 9, 2012 at 4:51 pm

Love the color on the soup. I do as well make soups regardless of the weather. I mean in the summer I try not to but the other way it was super hot and I ended up making soup. It got eaten :-)
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8 Rawkinmom May 9, 2012 at 7:26 pm

The food looks delicious and that book looks like I need it!!!!
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9 Lou May 10, 2012 at 2:37 am

Yum, lentils are so comforting… love a good soup like this, and I can’t wait to see your recipe for wholewheat naan – I’ve been wanting a decent recipe for this for AGES :)
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10 Ruth May 10, 2012 at 4:30 am

This sounds nice, might help me get over my hatred of coconut milk!! I really am trying to like the stuff, just need something to really disguise the taste for me.
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11 Joanne May 10, 2012 at 5:19 am

Wow this makes enough soup to feed a small army, which is definitely a good thing because I have a feeling I’ll be craving it for days on end!
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12 Vicky May 10, 2012 at 6:55 am

Sounds delicious. I’ve made soup with green lentils before but never with red ones – will have to try this!
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13 Ally May 10, 2012 at 1:01 pm

I am always looking for a new soup recipe & this is at the top of my to-do!
xo
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14 Nora @ natural noshing May 10, 2012 at 3:21 pm

I love the combo of lentils and tomato together, yummm!!! What a lovely looking bisque :) I’ll definitely have to try this one, and since my husband isn’t a huge fan of lentils I don’t have to share!!!
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15 Cindy May 16, 2012 at 8:43 am

I made this for dinner tonight, it came together so quick and everyone loved it! Including Mr. Picky 4 year old that won’t eat anything besides hash browns and chicken nuggets. Thanks for a great recipe!!

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16 Jen July 14, 2012 at 3:06 pm

Hi there,
I’m making this right now and can’t find the measurement for the cinnamon! It says to add it with the ground cumin seeds but no measurement given?
I added about 1/2 tsp. ground and I hope that’s about right. I’ll let you know how it turns out- it smells great!
Thank you :)

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17 Heidi @ Food Doodles July 14, 2012 at 3:31 pm

Hi Jen, I’m so sorry about that! But good guess, it is 1/2 tsp :) Let me know what you think!

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18 Jen July 14, 2012 at 8:15 pm

Thank you for your quick response, Heidi!
This soup is really good and, after adding the lime at the end, completely delicious!
I just added one can of coconut milk because I think I was too generous with the chicken stock ( I had some in my freezer and thawed and added without measuring thoroughly) and we like a thicker soup. I may add more lentils and the other can tomorrow.
But we are loving it – including my two year old who is slurping it by the cupful!
Thank you for the recipe. It’s the first of yours I’ve tried and I’m impressed :)
Those Tex Mex Muffins are next!

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19 Judee @ Gluten Free A-Z August 20, 2012 at 2:21 pm

You have some wonderful recipes on your blog. This red lentil tomato bisque looks amazing. I just pinned it..

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20 kristin November 17, 2012 at 5:47 pm

Oh I looove the Whitewater books! I’ve made quite a few items from their first book! This recipe looks fantastic! Its going on the menu plan! ; )
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21 Joanne Rocklin January 11, 2013 at 10:59 am

I made this soup 2 days ago! It was yummy. Question–did you use 2 cans of coconut milk? What size can? I only used one can because two cans would have made the color too light. The can was 14 oz

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22 Heidi @ Food Doodles January 23, 2013 at 11:27 am

Hi Joanne! So glad you enjoyed this! It was quite a while ago when I made this, but I believe I did use two 14 oz cans of coconut milk. Did you use full fat coconut milk? That might make it lighter in color than if you use light coconut milk.

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23 Joanne Rocklin January 23, 2013 at 11:31 am

I did use full fat coconut milk. Thanks.
Have you tried any other recipes from the cookbook?

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24 Natalie February 16, 2013 at 7:08 pm

I love this soup, too! Thanks for posting!
Have you tried using one can of full-fat coconut milk and making up the rest with water? I’m pretty sure it would taste great, still, and it is a nice way to save some money (that’s how I make mine).

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25 tana February 26, 2013 at 10:13 am

I am blown away that someone else has my name! Can’t wait to try the soup.

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26 SusanM March 22, 2013 at 7:54 am

I made this last night and it was delicious! Taking leftovers to my mother tomorrow so she can enjoy it too. Thank you for sharing this recipe – I’m going to look for the Naan now…

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27 Linda July 12, 2013 at 11:41 am

Oh my gosh. My family loved this recipe. I seldom try a new recipe that gets a 10!

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28 Andre December 28, 2013 at 5:27 pm

Yes, this soup is creamy, tangy, healthy and healthy. I share mine with a toddler too !

Lots of great recipes in the whitewater series, try the roasted yam and chick pea salad, use macedonian feta, divine !

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