SOUP RECIPES

Green Lentil Soup

This rustic green lentil soup has a wonderful earthy taste and is warm, simple and inexpensive. The ingredients are enough for you to get full, so you can even consider it as a main course for lunch or dinner.
Green Lentil Soup

Veronica Brandy
Green lentils are high protein, low fat, and full of fiber. Compared to red lentils, green lentils are a sturdier bunch, with a bit of a bite to them. Green lentils are fast and easy: they require no soaking, take just 20 minutes to cook, and will go with about any vegetable you throw at it.
After success with the red lentil soup, I wanted to see what the green lentils would taste like. This rustic green lentil soup has a wonderful earthy taste and is warm, simple and inexpensive. The ingredients are enough for you to get full, so you can even consider it as a main course for lunch or dinner. Tasty, hardy , with a lot of character, this crowd pleaser is a perfect vegetarian dish as well.

Ingredient list for the green lentils soup

Serve 4:

  • 1 3/4 oz (50g) butter
  • 2 carrots, finely chopped
  • 2 leeks, finely chopped
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic, finely chopped
  • Thyme
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 lb (200g) small green lentils
  • 1 can of tomato flesh (1lb – 400g)
  • 2 pints (1 liter) chicken stock, recipe here
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Directions

1. Peel and wash the vegetables, cut the onion and garlic into very small pieces.
2. In a large saucepan, melt the butter, add the vegetables, onion and garlic and a pinch of salt. Fry over low heat for 15 minutes, stirring regularly.
3. Add the thyme and paprika, mix and pour the tomatoes, lentils and broth. Check the seasoning and add salt if necessary.
4. Cook covered over low heat for 30 minutes more, until lentils re very tender.
5. Serve immediately with buttered toasts

(Photo by nanou)

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Green Lentil Soup