Dark green-brown with fine bluish speckles, Puy lentils are always an attractive item in the pantry and an even more attractive option for quick but elegant soups and salads. Also known as French green lentils, these little lentils have a subtle earthy and peppery flavor and hold their shape perfectly when cooked, looking like little brown pearls in this simple, fast and wonderfully fragrant tomato and dried herb soup.
If you can't find Puy lentils, green or brown lentils may be substituted although more care needs to be taken to make sure that the lentils do not overcook and turn any more mushy than necessary. I have a small fear myself that I won't be able to find Puy lentils once my supply runs out as the small store that I'd always bought them at recently closed. If anyone has spotted them in the London area, feel free to drop me a line! They really are a treasure.
|Puy Lentil and Tomato Soup|
|Recipe by Lisa Turner|
Published on March 13, 2012
A simple, quick and delicious Puy lentil soup with tomatoes and fragrant dried herbs
Puy (French) lentil recipes from my kitchen:
Saffron Brandied Lentils
Puy Lentil Soup with Spinach
Puy Lentil, Feta and Roasted Pepper Salad
French Lentil Salad with Sweet Corn and Tomato
Chickpea and Lentil Salad with Zucchini and Sun-Dried Tomatoes