Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Lentil Soup

Red Lentils

2 cups dried lentils (brown, green or red) **
8 cups water
2 tsp salt
1 cup diced onion
1/2 cup diced celery
1/2 cup diced carrots
1/2 tsp pepper
2 cloves garlic
1 bay leaf
1 tsp parsley
1/2 tsp oregano
olive oil

First look through the lentils to check for small pebbles. Then place in a strainer and rinse them thoroughly under cold water. Place the lentils in a pot with all the ingredients except for the olive oil. Bring to boil. Turn down the heat to simmer, add the olive oil (one or two turns around the pot is good). Partially cover and simmer for approximately 45 minutes (may need more or less time depending on which type of lentils you are using--brown and red are about 30 minutes), stirring occasionally. 

*Some people prefer to soak the lentils overnight in water before using them in the soup.

**Another option is that lentils may be boiled for about 15 minutes and drained before using them to make the soup.

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