Lentil Soup

Lentill soup is a healthy choice. This versoion has ham added, but if you want a vegetarian soup you can leave it out. Your neighbors will be asking for some when they smell tyhis lentil soup cooking!

What You Need

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large onion, cubed
1 clove garlic, minced
2 medium carrots, diced
1 stalk celery, diced
1 can diced tomatoes
3/4 cup diced ham
1 cup lentils, soaked, rinsed and drained
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/3 cup white wine
1 bay leaf
2 cans (14-ounce) chicken broth
1 sprig fresh parsley, chopped
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Here's How

In a large stockpot, sauté the onions in oil until they are glossy. Stir in garlic, paprika, celery, carrots, and ham. Sauté for 10 minutes. Once the vegetables have sautéed for 10 minutes, stir in tomatoes, chicken broth, lentils, bay leaf, salt, and pepper. Stir well, then add the wine and bring the mixture to a boil. Slowly reduce the heat and simmer for 1 hour or until the lentils are tender. Sprinkle the soup with parsley and Parmesan before serving.


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