Monday, November 11, 2013

John's Vegetable Lentil Soup

I've been married 36 years. To the same guy. Crazy, huh? Especially in this day and age. And it's been getting harder and harder for me to tell people I'm 39 when my oldest just turn 34. Saying I married young can go just so far!

My husband could make 4 things when we were first married: fried eggs, chili, toast, and big mess in the kitchen. At that point, I'd had 9 years of 4-H food units under my belt and finished my food prep courses at Iowa State, so I took it upon myself to teach him to cook and bake. The right way, a.k.a. my way. He caught on to most things pretty fast. The only challenge was that he seemed to dirty every single dish in the kitchen. He wanted every single ingredient pre-meaured, placed into a little bowl, and set aside at the ready. Great way to go if you have a kitchen staff to clean up behind you! But not so fun at clean up time.

These days he's fantastic cook and does really well making dishes healthier without much guidance. Last night, he made a batch of Vegetable Lentil Soup that for dinner that was absolutely wonderful! And best of all, he cleaned up the kitchen and ran the dishwasher.

John's Vegetable Lentil Soup

Rinse in colander:
  • 2 cups dried lentils 

Put lentils into 5-6 quart soup pot. Add and simmer, covered for 1 1/2 hours:
  • 2 ounces lean ham or chicken sausage, diced
  • 1 cup red wine*
  • 3 cup unsalted cooking stock*
  • 4 cups water*
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 cup celery, diced
  • 1 cup carrots, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • fresh parsley, 3 Tbsp, chopped or 1 Tbsp dried
  • salt, 1 tsp 
  • freshly ground pepper, 1/2 tsp
  • oregano, 1 tsp 
Add and simmer for 30 minutes:
  • 15 oz petite diced tomatoes (2 cups)
  • 2 Tbsp wine vinegar
*Use 8 cups total liquid. Most recipes use all water, which is fine. The broth and wine give a richer flavor which seems to need less salt.

No comments:

Post a Comment

Please let me know if you liked this post, have a question, want to add a comment or two, or even if you'd just like to say, "Hi!" Taking a minute to write in can really help others out there and make this blog even more fun for everyone!