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Who's everyone's favorite Next Food Network Star? Aarti, of course! And best of all: she's actually awesome. Make her delicious everyday recipes from her new cookbook, Aarti Paarti, streaked with Indian and Middle Eastern influence, and enjoy her stories while you're at it. Sub our Gruyère for paneer in her updated French onion soup recipe. 

Who's everyone's favorite Next Food Network Star? Aarti, of course! And best of all: she's actually awesome. Make her delicious everyday recipes from her new cookbook, Aarti Paarti, streaked with Indian and Middle Eastern influence, and enjoy her stories while you're at it.

This is a great soup to have in your back pocket; not only is it satisfying and comforting, it’s budget friendly, something I really appreciate when the coffers are running a little thin. I also appreciate the truly transformative nature of this soup, and I can’t help but see it as a metaphor for what I feel God has done for me over the past few years. He took an unassuming root vegetable, hairy and a little rough around the edges, and started peeling away the layers of self-doubt and fear that had developed over the years (causing me to shed many a tear!). He applied a little heat, bade me to be patient through the hot mess of onions sticking to the bottom of the pan, and in the end transformed that unpolished allium into something I can be proud of. Hallelujah!

Reprinted with permission from Aarti Paarti