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Soup for John Cage

Preparing soup for John Cage's Empty Words

I promise this won't become a cooking blog! But if John Cage can specify the meal to be served during Empty Words (see below), I can share the recipe I prepared when we listened last Saturday. We followed his menu throughout the evening, and I think it provided a little extra incentive to stick with the program. This garbanzo and lentil soup is a variation on one from Catherine S. Katz, PhD, coauthor of Dr. David Katz's Flavor-Full Diet(Rodale).

Tangy Lentil and Chickpea Soup

olive oil
2 medium yellow onions , chopped
2-3 stalks celery, chopped
2 large carrots, diced
1 large yellow potato, cubed
1-2 TBSP minced fresh ginger
1-2 tsp ground turmeric
2 (14.5 oz) cans Muir Glen fire-roasted diced tomatoes, with juice
1 cup red lentils, rinsed
2 cups dry chickpeas, cooked in 6 cups water in slow cooker for at least 3 hours (yields 28 oz; can substitute canned)
1 tsp salt
juice and grated peel of 1 lemon
chopped fresh cilantro

Sautée onions in olive oil, adding celery, carrots, potato, ginger and turmeric in order as each previous addition begins to soften. Cook until the turmeric begins to toast. Before it burns, add the tomatoes and simmer for 10 minutes or so. Add the red lentils, cooked chickpeas and their cooking water, plus enough additional water to total 6-8 cups. Add the salt somewhere along the way. Cover and simmer for half an hour to an hour, until the red lentils soften and the flavors meld.

Add lemon juice and peel just before serving. Garnish with cilantro.

120701 John Cage announcement right half

— Linda Hutchins, July 6, 2012 / Nourish / previous / next


  1. Pat Boas says:

    Isn't there a little worried face looking anxiously to the right in your bowl of soup?

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