Last week I asked for some recipes for lentil soup and got some great suggestions. Last night I made the soup.
Although many of the recipes sounded good, I started off following Jane Hathaway's recipe because it was the simplest one. But I made some adjustments. I used green lentils instead of brown, chicken stock instead of vegetable, and I added garlic, thyme and a bay leaf.
In the end, it tasted good, but I didn't like the consistency. It was like the lentils and vegetables were just sitting in a very watery broth. While the soup was still on the stove, I went back to Chowhound, re-read everyone's suggestions and saw that a few people suggested taking some of the soup, pureeing it and adding it back to the pot. Well it was about 10:15 and I didn't feel like taking out my regular blender, so I used my stick blender right in the pot of soup. This seemed to help, but then I continued to blend it, and it got too thick. Maybe I now blended it too much? At this point, I was tired -- it was 10:30 -- so I just put it in the refrigerator and figured that I'd deal with it tonight.
So having said all that, can this soup be saved? Should I go back and add more chicken stock? Water? Blend it even more? Or should I just toss it and start over?