Monday, January 14, 2013

lentil soup

I think I could eat soup every day. I really love soup, it's so easy to make, so easy to tweak, it's overall perfect. Lentil soup is one of my favorites; lentils are chock-full of fiber, minerals, and tons of protein! Filling and healthy at the same time, this soup is made within an hour and a half!

Ingredients (for 6 servings):
1 onion, diced
2 carrots, chopped
1 stalk celery, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
4 slices bacon *optional*
1 potato
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp dried oregano
1 bay leaf
1 tsp fresh cilantro
1 28 oz. can crushed tomatoes
4 cups chicken stock
1 lb lentils
Salt & pepper
1 tsp vinegar
1 lb pasta of choice *optional*

1. In a large pot, drizzle enough olive oil to coat the bottom. Add diced onion, carrots, celery and stir for 7 minutes. 

2. Add garlic, bacon, potato, and herbs. Mix to coat.

3. Add lentils, tomatoes, 28 oz of water, and chicken stock.

4. Bring to a boil, cover & simmer for 1 hour, stirring every 20 minutes.

5. Add a quick splash of vinegar, salt & pepper and serve warm!

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