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Monday, January 19, 2015

Lentil Soup - Sopa de Lentejas

I have finally sat down to type up this recipe many of you have asked me about. I apologize for such a long delay, but I promise to try and post recipes more often. This is one of the easiest and yummiest soups to make. It is vegetarian as are most of my dishes, and I hope that you will try it. It is high in fiber, and it's a great soup to have when the weather is cold and you want some good (but healthy) comfort food.
First, here is a list of ingredients:
2 cups green lentils
1.5 liters of vegetable broth
2 large carrots
3 celery stalks
2 garlic cloves
1/2 a medium white onion
1/4 tsp dried thyme, or 1 tsp fresh thyme
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 small can diced tomatoes or 3 fresh tomatoes, diced and with their juices
For garnish I like to add more olive oil and some grated Parmesan cheese, but this is optional.
Start by chopping up all the vegetables (celery, carrots, onions, garlic)
Place a large soup pot on the stove and turn the heat on to medium. Add the 2 tablespoons of olive oil, and immediately also add the celery and carrots, sauté while stirring for about one minute and add the onion. Stir for another 2 minutes, and then add the garlic and thyme last.
Continue to stir and add the dry lentils, mix well with the vegetables, stir together for about 2 minutes. Add tomatoes, and continue to stir for another minute or two.
Add the broth, stir well, and allow the soup to come to a boil. Cover and reduce the heat to low, the soup should now simmer slowly for about 30 minutes, or until the lentils are soft.
When soup is done, serve and top with a little olive oil and some Parmesan cheese. I like serving this with bread, but this is up to you.
Let me know how it goes! I do hope you try this :)