French Lentil Soup Recipe

French Lentil Soup Recipe
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French Lentil Soup is a culmination of possible flavors. The French green lentils are cooked with a mélange of vegetable and herbs. One can also use bacon in the preparation and even herbs like tarragon and thyme can also be added.
French Lentil Soup Recipe
Difficulty Average
Recipe Type Veg.
  • 3 tbsp Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 cups Onions (chopped)
  • 1 cup Celery Stalks (chopped)
  • 2 tbsp Celery Leaves (chopped)
  • 1 cup Carrots (chopped)
  • 2 cloves Garlic (chopped)
  • 4 cups Vegetable Broth
  • 1-1/4 cup Lentils (rinsed, drained)
  • 400 gms Diced Tomatoes in juice
  • Balsamic Vinegar (optional)
How to make French Lentil Soup:
  • Heat the oil in a heavy saucepan over medium-high heat.
  • Add chopped onions, celery, carrots, and garlic; sauté until vegetables begin to brown, or for about 15 minutes.
  • Add vegetable broth, lentils and tomatoes with juice; bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat to medium-low. Cover the pan and simmer until lentils are tender, or for about 35 minutes.
  • Transfer 2 cups of this mixture (mostly solids) to blender and puree until smooth.
  • Return puree to the soup in the pan. If the soup is too thick, then add about 1/4 cup of broth to it.
  • Season the soup with salt, pepper and a splash of vinegar, if desired.
  • Ladle soup into bowls. Garnish with chopped celery leaves.