My family likes it too,at home,I often add cilantro,it's really good that way.
No one seems to mind that it's vegetarian.
·3 t. butter
·1 tablespoon.olive oil
·1 large onion,chopped fine
·2 medium carrots,peeled and chopped
·2 stalks celery,minced
·3-4 garlic cloves,minced
·14 1/2 ounce can)diced tomatoes,drained
·1-2 bay leaves
·1/4 t.dried thyme leaves,crushed
·2 c lentils,rinsed and picked over
·**2 t. salt
·1/2 t. black pepper
·8 c chicken broth,or **4 large chicken bouillon cups+ 8 c water
·2 t. minced parsley leaves
How to Make Lentil Soup
- In large stockpot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat, melt butter,add oil.
Add onion,celery and carrots; cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables begin to soften, about 2 minutes.
Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
Stir in tomatoes, bay leaf, and thyme; cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
Stir in lentils, salt, and pepper; cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and cook until vegetables are softened, 8 to 10 minutes.
Uncover, increase heat to high and bring to simmer.
Add chicken broth ; bring to boil, cover partially, and reduce heat to low. Simmer until lentils are tender but still hold their shape, 30 to 35 minutes; discard bay leaf.
Transfer 3 cups of soup to a blender and puree until smooth. Return pureed soup to pot; Stir in parsley and serve.
**If using bouillon cubes,do not add salt until tasted at the end of cooking,bouillon cubes are very salty.