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This is a thick, hearty stew-like soup. Add more stock or water to make it thinner if you like it more soupy. Or spoon some into a bowl and top with cheese, then heat until the cheese melts and scoop up with whole wheat pita or whole wheat tortillas. I use my home grown tomatoes that have been peeled and seeded and stewed in their own juices. Canned tomatoes are a fine substitute.
- Heat olive oil in a 4 quart saucepan.
- Add onion, carrot, and celery.
- Saute until the vegetables start to soften.
- Add the creole seasoning and stir well.
- Stir in the garlic, chickpeas, and lentils.
- Stir in the tomatoes.
- Bring to a simmer, stirring often, and cook until the lentils start to break down (about 20-30 minutes).
- Add the stock.
- Stir in the rice.
- Cover and simmer until the rice is cooked through and the lentils are fully tender (about 15 minutes).
- Taste for seasoning, and serve. Even better the next day after flavours have blended.
- For a thinner soup or to reheat, add more stock or some water to the desired consistency.
Delicious stew! I used brown basmati rice and started with the rice instead of the lentils because my red lentils use to fall apart after 15 minutes of cooking time. It worked great this way, and we loved the stew :) Thanks for sharing!<br/>Made for PAC Spring 2014