Prep 15 mins
Cook 1 hr 30 mins
Great for a light supper! Serve with a crusty baguette spread with some roasted garlic, a tossed salad with wild baby greens and a balsamic vinaigrette and you're on your way! Make a double batch and the leftovers freeze well, too.
- 1 cup lentils
- 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
- 2 medium onions, chopped
- 2 garlic, cloves. minced
- 1⁄2 teaspoon crushed saffron thread
- 2 medium carrots, sliced
- 1 celery rib, thinly sliced
- 1 small turnip, peeled and diced
- 1 cup diced tomato with juice
- 8 cups fat-free vegetable broth (beef broth optional)
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
- salt and pepper
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- Rinse lentils several times in cold water, setting aside to drain.
- Heat garlic in olive oil in large saucepan, being careful not to scorch garlic.
- Add onion and saffron and cook, stirring, until onions are tender (add a few drops of water if onions try to stick).
- Add carrots, celery, and turnip, cooking 10 minutes over low heat.
- Add lentils, broth, tomatoes, and parsley.
- Season to taste with salt and pepper.
- Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and cover.
- Simmer over low heat 1 1/2 hours until lentils are tender and broth is slightly thickened.
- Add lemon juice just before serving.
This is delicious soup. I especially loved the saffron addition. It made a perfect filling, but not so heavy, dinner along with some Marrakech Tagine Bread. I glad that I made the entire recipe even though there were just two for dinner. Looking forward to the leftovers :D
This was my first saffron experiment. I never knew it tasted so good! My 4 year old ate an entire bowl, dipping his bread into it and exclaiming "Mommy this is scrumptious!" So that is a 5 star in my book!
A very good lentil soup recipe; great for our cold country winter nights. Served with crusty bread and Mirj's sweet potato pancakes, it was a winner dinner! Thank you!