Lentil Soup

Lentil Soup

Serves: 8

Simple, easy, comforting and oh so tasty!! This is one of my go-to Fall recipes…partly because of how easy it is to make. Now I know some of you are muttering under your breath and talking smack about this legume but just trust me on this one. If it’s been a while since you last tried them, then try this recipe. I promise it’s greater than the sum of its parts. I grew up eating lentil soup that was good – and sorry Mom – but this one kicks tush! Yeah…just in case she’s reading I’m watching my language. Also, try black lentils…they have a unique taste and texture that sets them aside from their brown cousins. BTW stick to either brown or black lentils; the red and yellow varieties are excellent but they cook much faster and tend to dissolve when they do so they’re not well suited to this recipe. Thanks a million to my friend, Anil, in Pune who taught me all about the red and yellow varieties.

Ingredients:

  • 2 carrots
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 1 medium onion
  • 3 – 4 garlic cloves
  • 1 (28-ounce) can whole tomatoes
  • 1 pound black or brown lentils
  • 12 cups veggie broth or water
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley
  • 1/2 cup dried pasta (elbow pasta or penne)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons EVOO
  • 1 cup shredded Parmesan (optional)

Prep It:

  • Heat a large pot over medium heat.
  • Peel and dice the carrots, dice the celery and onion. Note: I like to cut the carrots in quarters lengthwise and then dice into ¼ inch pieces. The celery I cut by slicing in half or thirds lengthwise (depending on how thick the stalks are) and then dicing the same size as the carrots.
  • Smash the garlic with the flat side of the knife and then mince.

Cook It:

  • Heat the oil in the pot and then add the onion, carrots, and celery. Sauté until the onions begin to turn translucent.
  • Add the garlic, thyme, salt, and pepper and sauté until all the vegetables are tender, about 2 – 3 minutes.
  • Crust the tomatoes with your hands and add them to the pot along with their juices. Simmer until the juices evaporate and the tomatoes break down, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the lentils and mix until they’re coated with the tomato. Add the broth and stir. Bring to a boil over high heat. Cover and simmer over low heat until the lentils are almost tender, about 20 minutes.
  • Add the pasta and stir for a few seconds. Simmer until the pasta is al dente, about 5 – 7 minutes. Taste and adjust the salt and pepper as needed.

Serve It:

  • Sprinkle with a bit of parm, drizzle with a touch of EVOO and enjoy!
  • This goes great with a crusty piece of bread, crostini or bruschetta.
  • Change it up!!
    • Don’t have canned tomatoes? Throw in some fresh tomatoes…they work beautifully!
    • Don’t like lentils…see your counselor. Kidding! Kidding! This would work really well with any bean really except the cooking time for dried beans are much longer (About 2 hours plus soaking time). Check out the recipe for cooking beans and then add them in after the pasta is done.
    • PS – Use the stock if you can rather than water. It adds so much flavor to the soup.
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16 thoughts on “Lentil Soup

      • Didn’t manage to source any yesterday so thanks for the tip. No Trader Joes here in Canada (unfortunately) but should be able to track some of those black lentils down…

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  2. This recipe looks tasty, especially with the cheesy topping! Do you have any special tricks to avoid bland lentils? I often find the flavor of lentils a bit lacking…unless I add some cheese or extra salt to the recipe. Thanks in advance!

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