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Easy Lentil Soup

December 20, 2009

Easy Lentil Soup

It’s snowing — and nothing goes better with snow than soup.  Marc found this recipe for lentil soup on Serious Eats.  We whipped it up this afternoon, to make a quick dinner for Monday night (Mondays tend to be hectic in our house … so the easier dinner can be, the better), but we couldn’t help sneaking some soup for ourselves, as a mid-afternoon snack.

This is a great recipe, because it comes together quickly and easily, and you probably have (mostly) everything in your house — except maybe the lentils, which cost practically nothing.  This is a hearty, stick-to-your ribs soup, and makes a TON.  Yum!

Easy Lentil Soup

  • Olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and chopped
  • 3 medium carrots, washed and cut into 1/2 moons
  • 1 tbsp. chopped garlic
  • 1/2 tsp. dry thyme
  • Salt
  • 2 tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1 1/2 c. lentils (we used French lentils)
  • Pepper
  • 1 tbsp. red wine (or balsamic) vinegar
  1. Heat the oil in a soup pot over medium heat.  Add onion and carrot and cook, stirring, until softened.  This should take about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the garlic, thyme and 1/2 tsp. salt and stir for 30 seconds.  Stir in the tomato paste and cook for one minute.  Add the lentils and cook, stirring for 1 minute more.
  3. Add enough water (or chicken/vegetable stock, if you have it) to cover the lentils by a few inches — probably about 4-6 cups, depending on your pot.
  4. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer 30-45 minutes, until the lentils are completely tender.  Taste for salt and pepper and stir in vinegar just before serving.

Marc and I also added a little hot sauce, which surely helped.  We also used our stick blender and pureed the lentils a bit, which I think help the consistency of the soup.  Good stuff!

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One Comment leave one →
  1. January 7, 2010 2:25 am

    Hey Y’all!

    I made this soup tonight for my parents and siblings, accompanied by all the fixins for killer DIY paninis. I sautéed a kielbasa link, cut into coins, and served it next to the soup so the carnivores in my family(basically everyone but moi) would be satisfied as well. It was casual, fun, and everyone got exactly what they wanted. Thanks for sharing this and all of the delicious recipes. You and the recipes are inspiring.

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