Tuesday, February 16, 2010

What I Ate: French Lentil Soup

Last night for dinner I made French Lentil Soup! I always love lentils (and especially love how healthy they are for you), but sometimes I think they are too dry. Soup is a perfect solution to that.

1 Med-Lg Onion
2 Cloves Garlic
1 Lg Carrot
1 Turnip
1 Lg Potato
1 Stalk of Celery
1 Lg Handful of Spinach
1 Bay Leaf
1.5 Cups Lentils
1 Cup Tomato Sauce (or diced canned tomatoes)
3 Quarts Water
Salt and Pepper

(Finely) Dice all vegetables. Saute onion and garlic with a couple tablespoons of olive oil in bottom of pot for a couple minutes. Add the rest of the veggies, the lentils, the bay leaf, the tomatoes, and the water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium, cover, and simmer for one hour. Finish with salt and pepper to taste.

-You can choose to blend a portion of the soup to give it a thicker base.
-A cup of cooked rice is an optional addition (making it more of a complete meal).
-A splash of balsamic vinegar and chopped parsley (or celery leaves) make nice garnishes.

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