I love the immersion blender — how dumb do I feel for all the times I made a hot mess moving soup to a food processor? Like many blended soups, this one takes well to many garnishes — see below. The picture has chili sesame oil, pepitas and parsley. Or a poached egg and bulgar make an incredibly hearty meal.
I happened to have a jar of le Puy lentils, which keep their shape when cooked — green or brown lentils are your only choice for a salad. But any lentils work in soup — red or yellow fall apart very easily and make a nice color to boot.
I often pack this soup for lunch. Drop a handful of dry bulgar in the night before or in the morning, with a little extra broth or water — voila, a super hearty and complete meal.