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Lentil Soup

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Lentil Soup (post #32629)

Just needed to share.

I made a terrific lentil soup last night! Very basic but humor me.

Frankie's Lentil Soup

Olive Oil
2 Onions, baseball size.
3/4 Bulb of Garlic, chopped
3 Shallots, chopped
4 Carrots, sliced
3 Stalks Celery, sliced
1 lb Dried Lentils
3 bay leaves, (they were small)
5 Sprigs Fresh Thyme, no stems
1/4 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
2 1/2 Quarts water or Chicken Stock
Salt & pepper to taste

Sweat onions, garlic and shallots in a bit of olive oil. I began with the onions while I chopped the garlic and shallots.

Add celery and carrots to pot. Allow to sweat for a few minutes, until their color brightens. The leaves of the celery are especially tastey.

Add dryed lentils. Yes, Dried lentils. I do not cook them twice. Usually do, but here I opted not to so they might absorb the flavor of the onion mixture. No gas reported!

Sweat the lentils with the onion mixture. Lentils will brighten somewhat and then their skin will begin to wrinkle. This is good. You are almost there. Stir almost constantly. It is okay to rest for a few seconds - even recomended.

The bottom of the pot may start to get brown just about now. This is okay. "Degalze" the pot, while everything stays in it, with apple cider vinegar. I find this vinegar to be sweeter/ less harsh than the traditional red wine vinegar my Grandmother used.

Stir well to distribute and reduce vinegar - 3-5 minutes.

Add water or chicken stock.

Add bay leaves and thyme.

Simmer 1 1/2 hrs. Add water or stock as it evaporates.

Stir in salt & pepper just prior to serving.

Serve with a splash of fresh vinegar or lemon squeeze and olive oil.

I did not have any bacon - or pancetta - in the house. Next time I'll start with that so the onions sweat in its fat.

The lentils still had a bit of a bite to them - even after I cooked them so long. But I liked this. Next time I may puree 1/4 of it to thicken it a bit. I made it with water and it was very light. I liked this too.

Frankie


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