I’ve always loved cooking, ever since I was young my mother let me play around and experiment with food at home. I was obsessed with the Food Network! As I got older my eating habits changed a bit and cooking became rather dull. I loved the idea of wanting to cook something new, but was lazy to buy ingredients and follow a recipe.
However, now that I’m a bit older I’ve made it a priority to learn how to cook and I guess you can call me a chef, maybe, not really. Anyway, my boyfriend’s parents got us a dutch oven for Christmas and I was so excited to finally make something new. I decided my first dish of the year was going to be lentil soup because I LOVE lentil soup and I’m tired of paying $10 for a small tub at Whole Foods. So here’s my hearty lentil soup, it gets easier the second time around.
- Half an onion
- 3 carrots
- 4-5 cloves of garlic
- 2 cups dry lentil (drained and rinsed)
- Diced tomatoes (or tomato puree if you don’t like the chunks)
- 4 cups vegetable/chicken broth
- 3 cups of water
- 1 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp paprika
- Salt and Pepper
- Spinach/Potatoes are optional
- Dice onion and carrots
- Saute onion and carrots for 7 minutes or until onion is clear
- Mince garlic and rinse lentils
- Add garlic, cumin, paprika, salt and pepper (sauce for 1 min)
- Add broth, water, tomatoes and lentils
- Simmer for 30 mins or until lentils are tender and water is thick
Note: You can taste the seasoning at the beginning, I usually don’t follow the recipe for the spices just because I’m cautious as to how much salt and pepper I put into my dishes.