I love big pots of soup like this. This is something my Sicilian Grandma would have had on her stove on a chilly afternoon. I served it with shaved Parmesan on top.
Shelly's Lentil Soup
1/4 pound (about 4 slices) Ham, diced
1 Yellow Onion, chopped
3 Leeks, light green & white parts only, diced
3 oz. Carrots, grated
3 cloves of Garlic, minced
2 Tablespoons Tomato Paste
1 cup dry Lentils, picked over and rinsed
1/2 teaspoon Thyme
4 cups Chicken Broth
1/2 teaspoon Kosher Salt
a few twists of Black Pepper
Olive Oil for sauteing
Soak lentils for 60 minutes. Drain.
In a big pot cook ham until slightly golden. Add leeks and onion cook until golden and soft about 7 minutes. Stir in carrots and garlic; cook for 5 minutes. Stir in tomato paste and cook 1 minute. Add lentils, thyme, broth. Bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer. Cover and cook until lentils are tender about 30 to 45 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. I whizzed it smooth with this super cool gadget. You could leave it chunky or blend it in batches in a regular blender. Serve immediately with shaved Parmesan.
This is a super hearty fiber and iron packed soup. Lentils are one of the world's healthiest foods.
Highlights of the day:
* There is nothing better than a pot of soup waiting for you to return home and reheat. Well there are SOME things that are better but this is a family friendly blog ;)
* Excited about San Ramon. Gonna be making some yummy weight loss surgery friendly treats. Are you coming?
* Watched the sunset on my walk tonight. Some of life's greatest pleasures are free.
Listening to: "Mmbop" Hanson. LOL Yeah not proud of it.