Lentil Soup

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Lentil Soup
Lentil Soup

PREP TIME

20

minutes

TOTAL TIME

60

minutes

SERVINGS

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servings

PREP TIME

20

minutes

TOTAL TIME

60

minutes

SERVINGS

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servings

Ingredients

  • 3

    strips (3 ounces) bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces

  • 1

    large onion, chopped

  • 3

    medium carrots, peeled, halved lengthwise, and cut into 1/4-inch half-moons

  • 3

    garlic cloves, minced

  • 2

    tablespoons tomato paste

  • 1 1/2

    cups lentils, picked over and rinsed

  • 1/2

    teaspoon dried thyme

  • 2

    cans (14 1/2 ounces each) reduced-sodium chicken broth (3 1/2 cups)

  • 1

    tablespoon red-wine vinegar

  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

Directions

1. In a Dutch oven (or other 5-quart pot with a tight-fitting lid), cook bacon over medium-low heat until browned and crisp, 8 to 10 minutes. Pour off all but 1 tablespoon fat. 2. Add onion and carrots; cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic, and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in tomato paste, and cook 1 minute. 3. Add lentils, thyme, broth, and 2 cups water. Bring to a boil; reduce to a simmer. Cover; cook until lentils are tender, 30 to 45 minutes. 4. Stir in vinegar, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Serve immediately. Cook's Note Note: If you prefer to leave out the bacon, skip step 1, and cook the onions and carrots in 1 tablespoon olive oil.

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