Recipe on Wednesday: Easiest Lentil Soup

Lentils are widely touted as the convenience food of the legume family since they don’t require

pre-soaking or pre-cooking. However, I think pre-soaking and precooking renders them both

tastier and more digestible.

Make this soup while it’s still chilly!  It’s as frugal and simple as you can get.

Start by rinsing and soaking 1 pound green (most of us think of them as brown) lentils in

fresh water to cover. Soak for at least 1 hour, then drain and rinse again. Cover with fresh water,

bring to a boil, then simmer for 1 hour.

Meanwhile, heat a soup pot over medium heat and cover the bottom with about ¼ cup olive oil.

(You really must use olive oil.)

Add 2 large yellow onions, finely chopped, and cook until soft and yellow. Add 1 tablespoon minced garlic and 1 pound diced carrots.

Cook these for 10 minutes, stirring constantly, then add the cooked, drained lentils and 1 tablespoon

ground cumin.

Stir for 1 minute more, then add a quart or so of cold water.

Bring to a boil; simmer for 45 minutes.

Then add about 2 teaspoons salt and some fresh black pepper. Stir in

fresh juice squeezed from 1 lemon and taste again to adjust for saltiness and acidity.

Remove from heat, drizzle in a bit more olive oil and serve alongside bowls of plain steamed rice or slices

of fresh bread.

{Where is the picture? I know I took a picture of it. Oh well. To be completed, with a picture, eventually…}

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  • Tim

    Back in college I had a roommate who made refried lentils. He cooked them up like pinto beans, adding a lot of garlic though. Then he’d refry them. Then they went in the fridge, and we’d pull them out to heat up for burritos or tacos or whatever. Yummy!

  • Nancy Van Wyck

    This was the best and easiest recipe ever, It was never my favorite but this one made me a lover of it. Also as your book mentioned we should eat together and share what we made, we did just that with your dad and he brought the rice making the meal complete. Prayer meeting after so we were double blessed.

    • dad

      Oops! I still have your bowl from the lefterovers, Sorry. I’ll bring it to church Sunday…

      • Nancy Van Wyck

        If you forget it will give us an excuse to come and visit at your church. Was thinking about that anyhow .

  • dad

    Nancy is right– it was a double blessing. And since it’s the soup we so often ate together at home, it made me think of you & yours as we ate it, which for me added just that more to it.