Ina Garten’s lentil soup is a hearty meal you’ll love. Imagine having your bowl of warm soup during a cold day. Not only it will fill you up, but also it’ll bring the warmth you need to counter the coldness outside. To make it isn’t difficult at all. Only few ingredients are needed, and you don’t have to spend more money to make other meal since you can re-heat the soup for your next meal on the day.
Take a note and be prepared to visit the nearby grocery store. You can see the recipe of Ina Garten lentil soup below.
- 1 lb of French green lentils
- 3 cloves of garlic, minced
- 2 leeks, only the white part
- 4 cups yellow onions
- 1 tsp cumin (ground)
- Kosher salt
- Ground black pepper
- ¼ cup of olive oil and a bit more for the soup’s top
- 1 tbsp finely minced thyme leaves
- 4-6 carrots, medium diced
- 8 stalks of celery, medium diced
- 2 tbsp of red wine
- ¼ cup of tomato paste
- 12 cups of chicken stock, preferably homemade
- Parmesan cheese, grated (optional)
- First, clean all of the green produces you’ll use to finish this Ina Garten lentil soup recipe.
- Grab a bowl, have the green lentils be covered with boiled water. Let the lentils sit for around 15 minutes. Then, drain the water.
- Chop the yellow onions and the white part of leeks.
- Next, sauté leeks, onions, and minced garlic in your stockpot with olive oil (medium heat). Don’t forget to add salt, thyme, pepper, and cumin. Sauté until the vegetables tender.
- Add carrots and celery to the sautéed onions for 10 minutes.
- Pour all 12 cups of chicken stock (around 2.9 L). Along with the stock, add lentils and tomato paste. Cover the pot, and bring it to boil.
- After it gets boiled, reduce the heat. Remove the cover, and let the soup simmer for an hour. Check the lentils – make sure it is well-cooked.
- Check the taste. If you feel like something is lacking, you can adjust it by adding the needed seasonings.
- If everything is OK, add wine. Drizzle the top of the soup with olive oil.
- Lastly, grated parmesan on the top will make the soup more savory.
One thing you need to note down is the soup will get thicker as the lentils get cooked. French lentils will make the soup fresher, less starchy than American lentils. Also, feel free to adjust the amount of chicken stock as you like to make this Ina Garten lentil soup.