A creamy, satisfying miso lentil soup infused with the flavors of summer sweet corn.
Note: I recommend slicing up the corn kernels before starting the soup, just because then you can stick the corn cobs into the lentils while they cook for even more flavor! Waste not, want not.
In a stock pot, warm the olive oil over medium heat. Add the sliced onion. Cook the onion, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes or until nicely browned.
Add the garlic and a sprinkle of salt, and cook for about 1 minute until fragrant. Add the white wine and stir, scraping any onion-y bits from the bottom of the pan. Add the vegetable broth and bring to a boil. Stir in the lentils, and the leftover corn cobs if using; reduce to a steady simmer and cover the pan. Cook for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the lentils are tender. (In the meantime, you can make the corn and zucchini mixture).
Reduce the heat to low and uncover the pan. (If you desire a thicker soup, add more broth now). Stir in the miso and almond butter. You may need to mash up the miso with your stirring utensil in order to incorporate it smoothly into the lentils. Cook just until everything is hot, and season to taste with salt and pepper.
In a wide skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the corn kernels with a pinch of salt and pepper, and stir. Add the zucchini and stir well. Cook for about 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the corn and zucchini are crisp-tender. Season to taste with salt, pepper, and a squeeze of fresh lemon.
Serve the miso lentil soup and sauteed sweet corn mixture together in a bowl, topped with fresh herbs if desired.
SOY-FREE: If you can get your hands on chickpea miso simply substitute it for the regular miso.
NUT-FREE: I imagine this might be tasty made with unsweetened sunflower seed butter! If you can have nuts but not almonds, try roasted cashew butter.
GRAIN-FREE: I adore the sweet summer corn in this dish, but for a grain-free version I suggest using finely-chopped cauliflower instead.
LEFTOVERS: This dish keeps well for up to 5 days in the fridge and reheats beautifully, with a splash of water added if needed to loosen up the mixture.
Nutrition facts include the veggie saute.