Prep 15 mins
Cook 1 hr 15 mins
Goes great with warm grilled pita bread and a crisp Greek salad.
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 6 cloves garlic, minced
- 1⁄2 cup chopped celery
- 1 cup finely chopped carrot
- 1 1⁄2 cups chopped onions
- 8 cups water
- 24 ounces beef stock or 24 ounces broth
- 2 cups dry lentils, rinsed
- 1 (14 1/2 ounce) can diced tomatoes
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons chopped fresh oregano (or 1/2 tsp. dried)
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons chopped mint (optional)
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
- 1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed
- In a large stock pot, heat the oil and saute garlic, celery, onions, and carrot until veggies are tender.
- Add the water, stock, and the rinsed lentils.
- Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer, cover and cook for 45 minutes or until lentils are tender, stirring occasionally.
- Add the tomatoes, along with the juice in the can, as well as the chopped herbs, and salt and pepper.
- Stir in the spinach and simmer uncovered for 15-20 minutes more.
- Re-check seasoning before serving.
We used ham broth and red lentils and no mint. The first day the texture was questionable but the next day it was great and with the addition of some leftover ham, this soup rocks!!
This was good. I wanted something light. But I guess in a way that is a matter of opinion. To me meat is heavy I wanted vegetarian fair. This meets the mark. I did not have mint so left that out.
This is good. I used an unrefined extra virgin olive oil, homemade chicken stock as that is what I had on hand (well flavoured), puy brown dry lentils, a good quality canned (Primo brand), whole plum tomatoes which I chopped myself as I find they taste better than buying the chopped ones. I used dried oregano, no optional mint, sea salt and the rest. I don't think I will make this soup again.