Hearty Lentil Soup

Hearty Lentil SoupFor the first recipe of the Whole Foods Weight Loss challenge we are going to start with a Hearty Lentil Soup. This is a soup that can be enjoyed all year, Up north when it is freezing cold soup is almost a must have. We here in Mexico will also enjoy a soup starter course with our meals even when it is in the low 80’s as it is now. Lentil Soup is one of our favorites that we serve often.

Lentil Soup

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Hearty Lentil Soup
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Cuisine: International
Recipe type: Soup
Ingredients
  • 2 cups brown lentils, picked through, rinsed.
  • 10 cups water or a hearty home made broth such as chicken or vegetable.
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 5 or 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 large white onion, diced fine
  • 2 medium white potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced fine
  • 2 medium carrots, scrubbed and diced
  • 2 Large tomatoes, peeled, seeded and diced
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil or 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • Sea Salt and Freshly ground white pepper to taste
  • ½ cup freshly chopped cilantro or parsley
Instructions
  1. Put the lentils into a large soup pot and add the broth or water.Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile. heat the oil in a large skillet and sauté the onion, garlic, potato, celery and carrots for about 5 minutes over medium heat. Add the tomatoes and continue to sauté for another 5 minutes, stirring often.
  3. Add the vegetable mixture to the lentils and continue to cook for an additional 25 to 30 minutes or until the lentils are cooked but not soft and mushy.
  4. For a creamy soup, remove about two cups of the soup and blend in a blender or food processor and then return the purée to the soup.
  5. Just before serving add the freshly chopped cilantro or parsley.

Serve with a nice tossed salad for a healthy Whole Foods Lunch or lite Dinner. Eating healthy Whole Food based meals is that easy.

Note, in cold weather, make extra and freeze for serving later, perhaps on a day that you have less time to spend in the kitchen.

bon provecho

Maria and Bill

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2 Responses to Hearty Lentil Soup

  1. ChefChaney says:

    Hello Doctor, I like to mix things up. I have been known to roast the vegetables before adding them as well. I just enjoy life in the kitchen so sometimes I even
    surprise myself. I hope you enjoy this recipes.

  2. Interesting mix, there, Chef William.
    I generally don’t saute the vegetables before I add them. I’ll try that and see how the flavor is affected. (Of course, I use yams- never those white tubers…)
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