Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Hearty Lentil Soup

There is nothing I love more than a simmering pot
of soup on the stove in the wintertime.

Ok, I love summer more.
And margaritas.

Back to the soup.

My Mom made this soup the other day and I had one taste
and went out to get ingredients to make a pot.
It's super easy.
Takes maybe 20 minutes to half an hour of prepping but
it's so worth it!


2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 onion, chopped
4 celery stalks, chopped
1 clove garlic, chopped
4 carrots, chopped
1 tsp. dried oregano, crushed
1 bay leaf
1 tsp. salt (I used a bit less)
1/2 tsp. pepper
8 cups chicken or beef stock (I used all chicken stock, my mom used 4 cups of each)
  - I use low sodium stock
1/2 cup vegetable juice if desired
1 1/2 cups dry lentils, rinsed and drained

Dash of hot sauce
Dash of lemon juice

In a large saucepan, on medium-low heat, warm up the olive oil.  Add onion and celery and saute for 5 minutes. 

Add garlic, saute 3-4 minutes longer.  Add carrots, saute 1 minute.  

Make sure you rinse your lentils really well, especially if you buy them in bulk.  I bought them in a bag.

Add oregano, bay leaf, salt, pepper, stock, veggie juice and lentils.  

Bring to a simmer, cover and simmer til lentils and veggies are soft and tender. ~30-40 minutes

Finish the soup with a dash of hot sauce and a dash of lemon juice in your bowl.

 It smells SO good in my house right now!


Kim (A Very Sweet Blog) said...

I'm so trying this Sheri! Thanks for the recipe! :D

Jessica said...

Oh - this looks SO good!
Soup (just about any kind) is my favorite thing to eat :)


Katie said...

Oh my! That sounds so good!! :)

Bravoe Runway said...

NO meat involved? I think I can make this! I do not know how to cook meat, it is always under or overcooked and tastes horrid! It looks amazing :)

Meg {henninglove} said...

yum! i haven't had lentil soup in years and reading your recipe make me realize that i need to end my drought of lentil soup very soon. i love lentils!