Soup’s On!

Lentil soup.

With cooler weather in town, it’s time to make soup!  One of my favorites is lentil soup.  As I made this tonight I flashed back to 2 years ago when the kitchen remodel was finally over, this was the first thing I made on the awesome new gas range.

Here’s the recipe I mostly stick to each time:

Lentil Soup

1 lb dry lentil beans
2 Tbsp olive oil
salt & pepper to taste
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup chopped carrot
2 cloves garlic minced
1 14 oz can petite diced tomates
1 Tbsp tomato paste
8 cups chicken broth
4 oz diced lean ham

Rinse lentils well in colander.  Heat large sauce pan to medium high.  Saute onions and carrots in olive oil, add salt & pepper.   Add garlic a little later to prevent it from burning.  After about 5 minutes, add diced tomatoes & juice and tomato paste.  Stir for a few minutes and then add broth, lentils and ham.  Bring to a boil, and then lower heat to a simmer and cover.   Cook for about an hour.

Serve with grated parmesan cheese on top.   Makes 6-8 servings.

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