SuperSimple Recipes

Lentil Soup

From the recipe box of travel writer Carole Terwilliger Meyers.

super simple lentil soup
super simple lentil soup

My mother made this hearty soup when I was a child, and I have always loved it.  I have been known to carry the ingredients with me to make during visits to vegan households when new grandchildren are born.  I’ve also given a bag with the recipe and ingredients to each of my nephews as grown men in bare apartments.  The recipe as is makes a delicious lentil stew.  If you want more of a soup, simply add more water.

1 lb. lentils (about 2 cups), rinsed and picked over for tiny stones
4 cups chicken broth (1 32-ounce box)(using vegetable broth makes it vegan)
3 cups water
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 carrots, chopped
1 onion, chopped
1 28-oz. can crushed tomatoes
celery, bay leaves, parsley (optional)
salt, pepper
          Put in a large soup pot.  Bring to boil.  Simmer 1 to 1 1/2 hours.

1-2 cups kale, chopped; or baby spinach leaves
          Add and simmer 20 minutes more.  Serve with crusty bread and piatti dipping oil.

Serves 6 to 8.

(; copyright Carole Terwilliger Meyers)