This soup is packed with a hearty punch of flavors and made us full after eating a serving. Substitute Chicken Stock for Vegetable Stock for a vegetarian option.
1 pound French green lentils
4 cups yellow onions (3 large onions)
4 cups chopped leeks, white part only (2 leeks)
1 Tablespoon minced garlic (3 cloves)
¼ cup good olive oil, plus additional for drizzling on top
1 Tablespoon kosher salt
1-1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
1 Tablespoon minced fresh thyme leaves or 1 teaspoon dried
1 teaspoon ground cumin
3 cups medium-diced celery (8 stalks)
3 cups medium-diced carrots (4 to 6 carrots)
3 quarts chicken stock
¼ cup tomato paste
2 Tablespoons red wine or red wine vinegar
Freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Feel free to add some of your yummiest veggies to make it your own, such as red & green peppers and roasted corn!
In a large bowl, cover the lentils with boiling water and allow to sit for 15 minutes. Drain.
In a large stockpot on medium heat, saute the onions, leeks, and garlic with the olive oil, salt, pepper, and cumin for 20 minutes until the vegetables are translucent and very tender. Add the celery and carrots and saute for 10 more minutes. Add the chicken stock, tomato paste, and lentils. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer uncovered for one hour, until the lentils are cooked through. Check the seasonings. Add the red wine and serve hot, drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with grated Parmesan.
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