Monday, November 30, 2009

French green lentil soup

6 servings
Ingredients
  • 2 cups dried green lentils, rinsed and carefully picked over (Bob's Red Mill French Green Lentils)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 leek, sliced (or an onion)
  • 2 carrots, sliced
  • 2 celery stalks, sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon whole cumin seed
  • 6 cups water
Instructions
  • Saute leek, carrots, and celery in olive oil 5 minutes.  
  • Add garlic and remaining ingredients.  
  • Bring to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer until the lentils are tender, 30 to 45 minutes.  Add more water as needed.  
  • In a crock pot, cook on low heat setting 8-9 hours or high heat for 3-5 hours.  
  • Add at the end:
    • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
    • Salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • Place in each soup bowl:
    • 1 teaspoon red miso
    • Dissolve the miso in a little of the soup broth or some hot water, ladle the soup in over it, stir, and enjoy.

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