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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Lentil Soup

Lentil soup is a traditional peasant soup, great for chasing the winter cold away.

Here is a recipe:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 (14 1/2-ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 pound lentils (approximately 1 1/4 cups)
  • 11 cups low-salt chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2/3 cup whole wheat elbow pasta
  • 1 cup shredded Parmesan (for sprinkling on top of bowls when served)
Heat the oil in a heavy large pot over medium heat. Add the onion, carrots, and celery. Add the garlic, salt, and pepper and saute until all the vegetables are tender, about 5 to 8 minutes. Add the tomatoes with their juices. Simmer until the juices evaporate a little and the tomatoes break down, stirring occasionally, about 8 minutes. Add the lentils and mix to coat. Add the broth and stir. Add the thyme. Bring to a boil over high heat. Cover and simmer over low heat until the lentils are almost tender, about 30 minutes.

Stir in the pasta. Simmer until the pasta is tender but still firm to the bite, about 8 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Ladle the soup into bowls. Sprinkle with the Parmesan and serve.

1 comment:

  1. Here from FarmgirlCyn. We make lentil soup all the time. My Grandma used to make it just plain, no spices, growing up. We called it dirt soup, cuz it tasted like earth. My DH and I usually have Moroccan spiced lamb for Christmas, so we add that to our lentil soup and it is oh so yummy!