Tuesday, February 23, 2010

The Princess and the....

Lentil.  As in, the best lentil soup ever!  Since it is Lent, I have been trying to think of some inventive, meat free meals.  Okay, so perhaps lentil soup isn't inventive, but it sure is delicious!  And that's important, even during Lent.  I usually use beef broth or stock for this soup, although I suppose it would be almost as delicious with a vegetable stock.  I'm making this for dinner Friday, and serving it with grilled french bread and a caesar salad.

If you have any royally delicious vegetarian dishes to share, please do!

HRH's Lentil Soup

1 Tbsp Butter
1 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 large Shallot or 1 small onion, diced
2 Carrots, cut into thin rounds
1 Celery Rib, sliced thin
1 or 2 Garlic clove(s), smashed with the side of your knife
1 tsp Dry Thyme
5-6 Cups Broth or Stock, depending on thickness desired
1 1/2 Cups Green or Brown Lentils (if you use red, they will turn to mush)
Bay Leaf
1 1/2- 2 tsp of Salt
Fresh Baby Spinach (3 or 4 handfuls)

Heat the butter and oil in your soup pot over medium-low to medium heat.  Add Shallot, Carrots, and Celery- saute, stirring occasionally, until the shallot is soft, and the vegetables are fragrant.  Add garlic cloves and thyme, turn heat up to medium-high and cook for 2 or 3 more minutes, stirring often.  Next, add broth.  Add lentils, and stir to make sure they haven't all sunk to the bottom.  Add bay leaf and salt, and bring pot to a boil  Then, turn heat down to medium-low, and simmer until lentils are soft, about 20-30 minutes.  Just before serving, stir in the spinach.  It will immediately wilt down to nothing!  Serve piping hot with french bread, or grilled cheese.



une autre mère said...

Hi Sarah! Thanks for stopping by my blog! I'm glad you did so I could check yours out too! It's so cute! And I'm curious... does "HRH" stand for "her royal highness?" Just a guess since you seem very regal. :) Hope you don't mind me becoming a "follower."

marissa said...

sounds super yummy, I'll have to try it I love lentils