February 2, 2010

throw it all together Lentil Soup

This soup was inspired by this Lentil Soup recipe that Penina posted on her Feed Your Roots blog last week. If you ask me, Lentil Soup is brilliant. It's cheap, easy, healthy as hell, and ridiculously tasty without putting too much effort into it. Perfect for those moments when you want a great home made meal, but don't have the time to put much energy into cooking.

The desire to make Lentil Soup sprung upon me really late Saturday night, or I guess early Sunday morning. Since I schedule my weekly fruit & veggie shopping trip for Sunday afternoons, I barely had anything left in my apartment to cook. And since I didn't have all the ingredients in Penina's recipe, and just couldn't wait until daylight hours to go food shopping, I used her recipe to inspire my own very basic version.

So, here it is, my throw it all together Lentil Soup. This is for all those friends who have been asking me for something basic & affordable to get them through these last cold weeks of winter. I basically tossed which ever vegetables I had left into the pot and used my can of "emergency" organic lentils that had been hanging out in my pantry for a few months. No need to measure and feel free to add which ever vegetables (zucchini or squash perhaps?) or fresh herbs your heart may desire (rosemary, thyme, parsley are all good ideas). Penina's recipe included some Kale added at the end. Great idea! Or add Spinach if you don't have Kale on hand.

Lentil Soup
Chopped Celery (I used 3 large)
Chopped Carrots (I used 4 small)
Chopped Onion (I used 1 med yellow)
Minced Garlic Cloves (I used 4)
Can of Lentils, rinsed (or soak some dry lentils for a few hours)
Vegetable Stock

In a soup pot, heat about 1 tsp of oil over medium heat. Add the chopped veggies & garlic and a pinch of salt. Cover the vegetables and let them sweat for about 5 minutes. Add the rinsed lentils, and pour in the vegetable stock until the liquid is about 1-2 inches higher than the veggies & lentils. Cover the pot & bring to a boil. Once boiling, uncover and lower the flame, allowing to simmer for about 20 minutes. Season with salt & pepper to your liking.

I know, it seems really simple so it can't be great, right? Wrong! This soup is seriously delicious. Give it a try!

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