Monday, February 18, 2013
I love soup and I normally make it once a week during the colder weather. This year I haven't been making soup much and I don't know why. The other day it was so cold out and even though my plans were to make pork chops for dinner, I walked into the kitchen and automatically went for the lentils. I had a craving for a big bowl of soup and I knew lentils were the way to go. This soup was so simple to make and I have to admit, I was afraid that it was going to be on the bland side when it was done. I was so wrong. This simple and easy soup was so full of flavor -how full you ask - I didn't reach for any hot sauce or red pepper (that's huge!) Also - I was shocked to see my Little Man eat 3 bowls of this soup. I was convinced he would take one look at the lentils and run the other way but nope - he ate 3 bowls of it. This recipe calls for 3 slices of bacon as the only meat - I had a small piece of kielbasa in the fridge so I sauteed that up with the bacon (that's the hunk of meat you see in the picture above.) I was so excited we had leftovers from this and when lunch came around the next day I was ready for my bowl of soup - but it was gone. Hubby liked it too - he took the leftovers to work with him. I guess I just need to make it again and double the recipe this time...enjoy!!!
recipe from Martha Stewart
In a Dutch oven, cook bacon over medium-low heat until crisp, 8 to 10 minutes. Pour off all but 1 tablespoon fat.
Add the onion and carrots and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic, and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in tomato paste, and cook 1 minute more.
Now add the lentils, thyme, broth, and 2 cups water. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Cover the soup and cook until lentils are tender, 30 to 45 minutes. If the soup becomes too thick add a bit more water.
Stir in the red-wine vinegar, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Serve immediately.
I added a little shaved Parmesan at the end.
Last year at this time I made Artichoke Bread
Two years ago I made PB Chocolate Chip Rice Krispie Treats
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