Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Lentil Soup

Lentil Soup
Have you ever noticed the blog schedule on the sidebar here? I hope not, because if you have noticed it, then you have probably also noticed what a terrible job I do of adhering to it. But for the record, even though at this point it is obviously more of a suggestion to myself than an actual plan, I am going to do my best to post more regularly this year, and I am hoping that, in general, the Monday-Wednesday-Friday rotation will work out.

That said, I missed posting yesterday. I had a big project due for my local music teacher's association, and by eleven o'clock last night, when the last of the paperwork was finished and submitted, all I wanted to do was pour myself a glass of red wine and watch Sunday night's episode of Downton Abbey. Are you a fan? The way last season ended, the series almost lost me. Then over the summer I forgot the pain and joined millions of others for the season premier last Sunday night. But the way things ended on the second episode? I am thinking I should have stuck with my original plan. Poor Anna!

So I'm a day late with this week's installment of Healthy Living, wherein I share my recipe for lentil soup. There is nothing like a steaming hot bowl of soup at the end of a long winter's day and this one is quick, simple and nutritious. Not to mention delicious! Here goes.


2 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 carrot, chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 bay leaves
1 1/2 to 2 teaspoons salt
2 cups uncooked lentils
8 cups vegetable stock
Balsamic vinegar and freshly ground pepper, optional

In a large soup pot, saute the vegetables in the olive oil until they begin to soften. Add the bay leaves and salt and stir for a minute or two. Then add the lentils and water and cook until the lentils are very soft, about one hour. Makes about 8 cups.

I like to add a splash of balsamic vinegar and a twist of freshly ground pepper after serving. What is your favorite winter soup recipe?


kevin.talley said...

Thank You, Pam! I'm making this tonight!

Pam Asberry said...

Yay! Let me know what you think!