Lentil soup is so easy to make and you don't need a ton of ingredients. This is just a basic recipe consisting of:
Olive oil 2-3 Tbsp.
4 garlic cloves( i love garlic)
2 onions, yellow chopped
1 1/2 Tbsp. thyme
1 C. carrots
1 C. celery
2 tomatoes, diced
1 1/3 C. green lentils, rinsed
6 C. vegetable broth
1 C. or more chard,kale, or any greens(optional)
salt & pepper to taste.
Saute the garlic with the veggies until almost soft. Add the thyme and tomatoes for another minute or so. Add lentils and veggie broth. Bring to boil then simmer covered for 35-40 min. or until lentils are soft. Next if you choose to, it's optional, you can add in your green of choice and stir until wilted. Turn off heat add salt and pepper to taste.
When serving in each bowl you can drizzle a little olive oil and a swirl of balsamic. I like to use a thicker balsamic when I'm drizzling. If you don't have a thicker balsamic you can add regular balsamic to the whole pot, just a couple of dashes and stir in.
Also if you want a kick to it drizzle in some chile pepper olive oil. It rocks!
The whole wheat oatmeal bread recipe comes from Celine at have cake, will travel. Always perfect every time I make it.