Help: Fix this soup!
So I tried a recipe for red lentil soup that deviates from how I usually make it, against my better judgment. Essentially you put red lentils, mirepoix, garlic, water, & cumin in a pot and boil it for 30 mins. and then puree it with the immersion blender. Basically, I've ended up with a bizarrely runny yet pasty black hole of flavour. The texture is not so much the issue as the complete absence of taste; it feels like it's sucking flavour out of my body, it's that bad!
So far I've tried to no avail:
Adding lemon juice, evoo, salt/pepper and southwestern spices
Sauteing garlic, apples, and onions in butter, adding it & some garam masala & heavy cream
...Both still tasted bland, even with a 2nd increased addition of the ingredients.
I love lentils so I don't want to trash the rest [it made a huge pot]. My thinking is that by not frying up the veg in oil first, I've lost the window of opportunity to add any taste later on [?]. It was meant to be a healthy recipe, so if anyone can fix the taste issue in that manner, I'd be super grateful...
If you have already gone the Indian route with garam masala etc, add some chopped cilantro to brighten up the flavor.If the soup is not thick and creamy enough, some boiled and mashed potato, or just more lentils cooked and mashed up could get it up to a consistancy you are looking for.If you have some rasam pwd , you could add a little to some of the soup and boil it and check if you like the flavor.
I agree and if really watery would add small amounts of just granulated chicken or vegetable base to the soup. Adding pre-made stock would work but would also require some amount of reduction to counteract the amount of plain water in there now.
Flavored sausage, either fresh or dried and linked a'la chorizo is a great idea too.
Herbs--try summer savory, dried, thyme, a bit of rosemary, bay leaf etc.
To finish, stir in a knob of butter, fresh chopped basil or parsley, then serve.
If you're planning to eat this for 3 days then bland is good - each day you can add a different flavour to the basic soup. For example chilli sauce/garlic mayo/curry paste/pesto....