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Laurie Colwin

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Lentil Soup

Adapted from Beat This! Cookbook by Ann Hodgman

This is an easy recipe from a good cookbook. It's fun to read and hard not to think the recipes in it are better than yours.  If they are, you're lucky.

Ann Hodgman calls this "Papa Bear's Own Lentil Soup" because she got the recipe from a friend whose husband was illustrating a cookbook by a priest named Father Joseph Orsini, and Papa Bear is Father Orsini's nickname.

You can use vegetable stock instead of chicken stock.

Lentil Soup
Adapted from Beat This! Cookbook by Ann Hodgman

1 quart chicken stock
1 quart water
1 pound dried lentils, washed and picked over
2 medium potatoes, peeled and diced
2 medium onions, diced
2 large tomatoes, peeled, seeded, and quartered
2 large carrots, peeled and diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon dried marjoram (The original recipe calls for oregano.)
½ cup olive oil
Salt to taste

Bring the chicken stock and water to a boil in a soup pot.

Add all the other ingredients at once.

Bring ingredients to a boil.  Keep boiling for 15 minutes, then simmer over low heat for ½ hour.

That's it.

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