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PHPRecipeBook 4.08

Recipe Name: Hearty Lentil Soup (Cooks Illustrated) Submitted by: Ryan
Source: Source Description:
Ethnicity: None Last Modified: 2/5/2014
Base: Vegetable Comments:
Course: Soup  
Difficulty: Easy
Preparation Time: 0 Minutes
Number of Servings: 8

Ingredients: Directions:

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Cook's Illustrated Hearty Lentil Soup

By darthlaurie on November 10, 2008
2 Reviews

Prep Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 1 hrs 20 mins
Serves: 4-6, Yield: 2.0 quarts

About This Recipe

"From the Cook's Illustrated website: Lentils du Puy, sometimes called French green lentils, are our first choice for this recipe, but brown, black, or regular green lentils are fine, too. Note that cooking times will vary depending on the type of lentils used. Lentils lose flavor with age, and because most packaged lentils do not have expiration dates, try to buy them from a store that specializes in natural foods and grains. Before use, rinse and then carefully sort through the lentils to remove small stones and pebbles. The soup can be made in advance. After adding the vinegar in step 2, cool the soup to room temperature and refrigerate it in an airtight container for up to 2 days. To serve, heat it over medium-low until hot, then stir in the parsley."

3 slices bacon, cut into 1/4-inch pieces ( about 3 ounces)
1 large onions, chopped fine ( about 1 1/2 cups)
2 medium carrots, peeled and chopped medium ( about 1 cup)
3 medium garlic cloves, minced ( about 1 tablespoon)
1 (14 1/2 ounce) cans diced tomatoes, drained
1 bay leaves
1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme leaves
1 cup lentils, rinsed and picked over ( 7 ounces)
1 teaspoon table salt
ground black pepper
1/2 cup dry white wine
4 1/2 cups low sodium chicken broth
1 1/2 cups water
1 1/2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
3 tablespoons minced fresh parsley leaves


Fry bacon in large stockpot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until fat is rendered and bacon is crisp, 3 to 4 minutes.
Add onion and carrots; cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables begin to soften, about 2 minutes.
Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
Stir in tomatoes, bay leaf, and thyme; cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.

Page 2 of 2Cook's Illustrated Hearty Lentil Soup (cont.)

Stir in lentils, salt, and pepper to taste; cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and cook until vegetables are softened and lentils have darkened, 8 to 10 minutes.
Uncover, increase heat to high, add wine, and bring to simmer.
Add chicken broth and water; bring to boil, cover partially, and reduce heat to low.
Simmer until lentils are tender but still hold their shape, 30 to 35 minutes; discard bay leaf.
Puree 3 cups soup in blender until smooth, then return to pot; stir in vinegar and heat soup over medium-low until hot, about 5 minutes.
Stir in 2 tablespoons parsley and serve, garnishing each bowl with some of remaining parsley.

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