What's a tasty warm treat on a hot day? Homemade soup! This is my rough draft of lentil soup, as part of my 2012 resolution to eat less meat (and more lentils, they're really tasty). I looked up some recipes and sort of combined what I had loosely based on them and it worked out fine, so I'm gonna go ahead and say you can too!
Most important ingredients:
1 pound of lentils
1 yellow onion
1-3 garlic cloves
1 can crushed tomatoes
Highly recommended ingredients:
3-4 celery stalks
1 tsp of whatever spices you've got around. I used cumin, thyme, and a bay leaf. I bet basil would be yummy. Oh I might have thrown in parsely too.
1 can chicken or vegetable broth - obviously chicken would make it not vegan.
Dice up onion and garlic and throw them in a huge pan with enough vegetable oil to make them oily... like 1/3 cup. Stir occasionally.
While that's cooking cut up carrots and celery. I really like carrots but do not like celery, so your balance may be different than mine.
Also, rinse your lentils.
Now the onion and garlic should be translucent & smell delicious. So dump everything else in the pot. Add enough water to make it soupy.
Simmer for 45-60 minutes, stiring and checking water level as needed.
Best served with some crusty grainy wheat bread, and lemon squeezed on to taste.
Sometime my plan is to make it without the can of broth, because I admit that's like making homemade bread out of, like, bread. So if anyone does that and tells me how it is, that'd be cool. Other than that, be creative, it's soup, throw whatever you want in there!