Lentil Soup

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TOTAL TIME: 1 hr 10 min
Prep: 10 min
Inactive Prep: --
Cook: 1 hr
 
YIELD: 6 servings
LEVEL: Easy

ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 (14 1/2-ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 pound lentils (approximately 1 1/4 cups)
  • 11 cups low-salt chicken broth
  • 4 to 6 fresh thyme sprigs
  • 2/3 cup dried elbow pasta
  • 1 cup shredded Parmesan
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Directions

Heat the oil in a heavy large pot over medium heat. Add the onion, carrots, and celery. Add the garlic, salt, and pepper and saute until all the vegetables are tender, about 5 to 8 minutes. Add the tomatoes with their juices. Simmer until the juices evaporate a little and the tomatoes break down, stirring occasionally, about 8 minutes. Add the lentils and mix to coat. Add the broth and stir. Add the thyme sprigs. Bring to a boil over high heat. Cover and simmer over low heat until the lentils are almost tender, about 30 minutes.

Stir in the pasta. Simmer until the pasta is tender but still firm to the bite, about 8 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Ladle the soup into bowls. Sprinkle with the Parmesan, drizzle with olive oil, and serve.

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  • on December 15, 2013

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    Great soup. I like my soups thicker so I used only 6 cups of broth. Really thick and yummy! Thanks, Giada! Be sure to add the parmesan cheese and EVO at the end. It brings the soup to another level!

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  • on March 02, 2013

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    Excellent lentil soup! I didn't have fresh thyme so I used dried and crushed it in my mini mortar and pestle gadget. Also, I used 2 beef and 1 chicken stock for a total of 12 cups. As I didn't have elbows I used mini bow ties. Very delicious, especially with the parm and evo just prior to devouring. Unfortunately, it was so good that I had to have 2 bowls!

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  • on January 19, 2012

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    Great Soup! Very healthy too.
    For more flavor, before I added the onions, etc. I chopped baby bella mushrooms and put them in with a tablespoon of butter & tsp. of evoo and browned them. Then continued with the rest of the ingredients. The mushrooms added a real nice rich flavor.

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