Cooking with Carol- Lentil Soup

Lentil Soup

Contributed by Carol McCoy

Ingredients ~
1 onion chopped
1/4C olive oil
2 carrots, diced
2 stalks celery, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp dried oregano
1 bay leaf
1 tsp dried basil
1 (14.5oz) can crushed tomatoes
2C dried lentils
1/2C fresh spinach, rinsed & thinly sliced
2T vinegar
salt & pepper to taste

Directions ~

  1.  In a large soup pot, heat oil over medium heat. Add onions, carrots, and celery; cook and stir until onion is tender. Stir in garlic, bay leaf, oregano, and basil; cook for 2 mins.
  2. Stir in lentils and add water and tomatoes. Bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce heat, and simmer for at least 1 hour.
  4. When ready to serve stir in spinach, and cook until it wilts.
  5. Stir in vinegar and season to taste with salt and pepper, and more vinegar if desired. 

Don't forget that you can add or delete any item you want. Personally I would use several different colors of lentils and also add a little pasta of some kind. And any additional veggies you might want to add. ~ Enjoy!