Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Lentil Soup



Here's a great soup recipe which was given to my by my niece, Tricia. Thanx again Trish!


Hey Uncle Joey,
I wanted to give you this recipe I got from my boss' mom - Joanne Newman. It is a SUPER EASY recipe for lentil soup and it makes a pretty big batch. I know some people like to add some type of meat like ham or something to their lentil soup, like my mom, for instance, and while that is great too, I prefer the soup without the ham flavor. This recipe is also really healthy and great to have on a cold day :)

You will Need:
-1 bag of lentils (rinse in strainer)
- 1 clove of garlic
-1/2 to 1 small onion- depending on your preference (I used 1/2 an onion)
- chicken broth about 3 or 4 cups
- 1 cup fresh softened carrots or 1 can of carrots
-1 cup of chopped celery
-Morton's Nature's seasoning (or any type of seasoning blend)


Dice onions and garlic. Spray bottom of pot with Pam and saute the onions and garlic until softened. Add chicken broth and lentils. Add carrots and celery. Add Nature's Seasoning to taste. That's pretty much it.
Just let it cook until lentils and vegetables are soft. When ready to eat, sprinkle some Parmesan or Locatelli over it with some crushed red pepper.



Tips from Tricia:
Since this soup can get rather thick, I added more broth as I needed it. I ended up using 2 med. sized containers of broth. Also, since the soup is not very brothy, I found that putting the celery in a bowl of water and microwaving it for a minute made the softening process go a bit faster. As with the carrots, I bought fresh baby carrots that you can microwave in the bag, which made them softer, too- or just use the canned carrots and you wont have to worry about it :) Hope you like it!

2 comments:

tricia said...

Just made another batch of this yesterday and made a few changes- after I sauteed the onions and garlic I added the both but I held off on the lentils. then I added fresh carrots and celery to the broth and let it soften before I added lentils, instead of adding them with the lentils. A minor change but jut wanted to share!

tricia said...

Just made another batch of this yesterday and made a few changes- after I sauteed the onions and garlic I added the both but I held off on the lentils. then I added fresh carrots and celery to the broth and let it soften before I added lentils, instead of adding them with the lentils. A minor change but jut wanted to share!