SOUP IS GOOD FOR THE SOUL

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.

Ingredients:

  • 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

Instructions:

  1. Dice onion and carrots
  2. Saute onion and carrots for 7 minutes or until onion is clear
  3. Mince garlic and rinse lentils
  4. Add garlic, cumin, paprika, salt and pepper (sauce for 1 min)
  5. Add broth, water, tomatoes and lentils
  6. 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.

Enjoy!

 

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