Lentil soup

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Lentil Soup is what came to my mind immediately on waking this morning when I heard the weather report for some very cold parts of our earth.

Hi one and all...... where I am at the moment, the weather is sunny and very warm, but for my dear friends and family in other parts, the weather is bitterly cold. 

So a delicious heart warming soup it is, that will certainly take those chills out of your body and put a warm smile back on your face.



Ingredients for Lentil Soup.

Okay the first thing we need to do to start this delicious soup is to prepare all the ingredients beforehand.

I have found it so much easier to have all the bits and pieces gathered together on the kitchen counter before I start doing what I enjoy most, and that is cooking up a storm.

  • 5 cups black Lentils. Rinsed under cold water 
  • 1 large yellow onion, finely chopped.
  • 1 Stalk celery, finely chopped.
  • 2 small  potato, peeled and diced
  • 2 medium carrots, diced.
  • 3 Cloves garlic, minced.
  • 1 can diced tomatoes or 2 large grated tomatoes.
  • 4 cups broth of your choice i.e. Chicken, Veggie or Beef ,they  all go well with this recipe.
  • Half teaspoon dried thyme (which by the  way, is very good to help control high blood pressure).
  • 4 table spoons Worcestershire sauce.
  • 2 bay leaves.
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper.
  • Salt to taste.
  • (If you are feeling a bit "flush" you can add 3 slices of chopped ham.)

As you grow with these recipes, make notes of what you add

Method

At this stage I would like to tell you that I call this my one pot soup and you will soon see why.

Most recipes instructions say you must first fry your onions, bacon, garlic bla bla bla ...... well my way of making this is much simpler and tastes just as good, (if not better) he he he!

  • Place large pot on your hob
  • Put your rinsed lentils into the pot (taking care not to splash yourself).
  • Add all your other ingredients to the pot stir and turn down the heat to med. Except the Ham
  • Add the broth 
  • Once it is simmering reduce heat to low and simmer until the lentils are tender( plus minus 40-45 minutes.).
  • Remove bay leaves.
  • Use an immersion blender to  purée the soup until the nice and smooth, otherwise just use an egg beater, and beat until smooth, guaranteed to give you well toned arms.
  • You may now add the ham to your pureed soup.
  • The soup will thicken as it cools down, you can add hot water to thin it out.
  • Any soup left over you can freeze it and have it on another chilly day/night.

                              Well done you have only used one pot , which means only one pot to wash...yippee.                                                   



Plating

When I serve myself this delicious soup  I use my  large soup cup and fresh bread (also great with this is a fresh Portuguese roll or a French loaf).

Break off pieces and dunk it in the soup.

I, always enjoy a bit of spice, so what I do, is to add few drops of Tabaco sauce.

P.S. look out below for some more great soup recipes that I am working on now

Last Word

Help lower your cholesterol

You can feel very good about yourself and your health by making our scrumptious soup because, amongst other things:

  • It is low in calories.

  • It helps lower cholesterol and is therefore good for your heart health.

  • It is also good source of iron, which we all need.




We really hope that you will get great enjoyment out of cooking this recipe as well as eating it, and sharing the experience where ever you go.

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