Lentil Soup! Vegan ........(For Beth!)
01/28/05 08:11 AM
1 pound lentils, red or brown (dry) 1 bay leaf 3 large carrots, peeled and sliced 2 stalks celery, chopped 1 large onion, chopped 2 cups crushed tomatoes (canned) 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil Salt and pepper to taste
1. Pick over lentils to remove any stones, dirt, or other foreign objects. Rinse them well in cold water and place in a large pot with enough cold water to cover lentils by 6 inches. Add the bay leaf.
2. Bring to a boil, skim off foam, lower heat, and boil gently, partially covered, until lentils are just tooth-tender, 20-30 minutes.
3. Add carrots, celery, and onion to the lentils. Cook partially covered till carrots are tender, about 20-30 minutes.
4. Add crushed tomatoes, olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste. Simmer, partially covered, until lentils become very creamy and soft. Stir occasionally and add boiling water if necessary to prevent sticking.