Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Pop-in-Law's Lentil Soup

Brrrrr... the cold weather has set in & so have the sniffles! Soup really is the best medicine in my opinion & this one is delicious. Disclaimer~ I do not make it~ I leave that to my pop-in-law because he makes it best. This is his recipe for lentil soup, straight from the family cookbook:

Pop-in-Law's Lentil Soup
  • 2 TBsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced into small pieces
  • 2 carrots, peeled & sliced into very thin halfmoons
  • 2 garlic cloves, sliced very thinly
  • S & P
  • 1 (14 1/2-ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 pound lentils , rinsed & cleaned
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 lb thin spaghetti, broken into fourths 

Heat the oil in a heavy large pot over medium heat. Add the onion & carrots,. Add the garlic, s & p & saute until all the vegetables are tender, onions translucent, about 5 to 8 minutes. Add the entire can of tomatoes (w/juice) & the seasonings. Simmer for about 8 minutes. Add the lentils & combine with the sauce. Add the broth & stir. Bring to a boil over high heat. Cover and simmer over low heat until the lentils are almost tender, about 30 minutes.

Stir in the pasta & simmer until the pasta cooked. Serve & enjoy!

*This is also a wonderful soup to make for New Year's Day. In Italy, lentils are eaten as a symbol of good luck and prosperity because they resemble tiny coins. 

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