October 15, 2008

Lentil Soup or Skillet

2 tablespoons olive oil
2 medium onion, chopped
3 carrots, peeled and chopped
3 celery stalks, chopped
3 garlic cloves, chopped
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 (14 1/2-ounce) can diced tomatoes
1 pound lentils (approximately 1 1/4 cups)
12 cups low-salt chicken broth
1 cup shredded Parmesan

Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion, carrots, and celery. Add the garlic, salt, and pepper and sauté until all the vegetables are tender, about 8 minutes. Add the tomatoes with their juices. Simmer until the juices evaporate a little and the tomatoes break down, stirring occasionally, about 8 minutes. Add the lentils and mix to coat. 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 30 minutes. Sprinkle with the Parmesan.

Another alternative is to follow instructions as above, but use less broth and serve as a skillet. A tasty addition is sprinkling crumbled bacon bits on top


Wen said...

i don't think i've ever had lentil soup... (lame, huh?!)

Anonymous said...

I hear all food tastes better on the East Coast than the West Coast.