One of the delights of life is eating with friends; second to that is talking about eating. And, for an unsurpassed double whammy, there is talking about eating while you are eating with friends.
Laurie Colwin

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Lentil Soup

Adapted from Beat This! Cookbook by Ann Hodgman

This is good and easy and is even better the second day. Ann Hodgman calls it "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.

1 quart chicken stock (I really try to have my own on hand - made according to the recipe from the fabulous Zuni Cafe Cookbook)
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, but I don't like oregano. If you do, use it here.)
½ 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, and keep boilingfor 15 minutes. Then simmer it over low heat for ½ hour. That's it.

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