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How to Make Lentil Soup

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People grew lentils all the way back in the Stone Age. This legume is a great source of protein; there are numerous delicious foods you can prepare with it. Lentil soup is a tasty alternative for an everyday meal that is also good for your health.

5-Minute Crafts will give you a recipe that will introduce some diversity and new flavors to your diet.

Cooking utensils

To make lentil soup, you will need:

  • Cutting board

  • Knife

  • 4 or 5-liter pot

  • Frying pan for vegetables

Ingredients

  • 500 g of lentils (you can use red, green, or any other kind)

  • 500 g of beef ribs

  • 3 potatoes

  • 1 bell pepper

  • 1 carrot

  • 2 onions

  • 2 big tomatoes or 4 cherry tomatoes

  • 20 grams of tomato paste

  • 5 bay leaves

  • Oil for frying

  • Salt and pepper

Preparation

For the broth:

  • Wash the ribs and cut them into pieces to fit them into the pot.

  • Peel 1 onion and put it in the pot whole.

  • Add salt, pepper, and bay leaf.

  • Bring to a boil and cook on low heat for 1.5 hours.

  • Take out the ribs, put them on a plate, and let them cool.

  • Strain the broth; this will be the base for the soup.

For the vegetables:

  • Wash the vegetables.

  • Peel the onions, carrots, and potatoes.

  • Cut the onion and the carrot into small cubes. Grating the carrot is also an option.

  • Cut the potatoes into medium cubes, or the way you usually cut them for soup.

  • Chop the tomatoes and bell pepper.

  • Don’t mix the vegetables yet.

  • Pour some oil on the frying pan.

  • Place on medium heat.

  • Add the chopped onions and carrots to the pan.

  • Fry them for 5-7 minutes.

  • Add the tomatoes and bell pepper.

  • Fry all the vegetables for 7 more minutes.

  • Add the tomato paste.

  • Mix well.

  • Keep frying the vegetables for another 3 minutes.

  • Remove the vegetables.

The final stage:

  • Add the previously washed lentils to the broth.
  • Cook everything over medium heat for 15 minutes.
  • Add potatoes to the broth and boil for 20 more minutes.
  • Remove the meat from the ribs, chop it, add it to the soup along with the vegetables 5 minutes before you finish cooking.
  • Add salt and pepper.
  • Serve the soup while it’s still hot.

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