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Easy Italian Lentil Soup Recipe

    Ingredients:

    • 1 cup dried green or brown lentils, rinsed and drained
    • 1 onion, finely chopped
    • 2 carrots, peeled and diced
    • 2 celery stalks, diced
    • 3 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1 can (14 oz) diced tomatoes, undrained
    • 6 cups vegetable or chicken broth
    • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
    • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
    • 1 bay leaf
    • Salt and pepper to taste
    • 2 cups fresh spinach or kale, chopped
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • Grated Parmesan cheese for serving (optional)
    • Fresh parsley, chopped, for garnish (optional)

    Instructions:

    Prepare Lentils:

    Rinse the lentils under cold water and set aside.

    Sauté Vegetables:

    In a large pot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add chopped onion, carrots, and celery. Sauté until vegetables are softened, about 5 minutes.

    Add Garlic and Herbs:

    Stir in minced garlic, oregano, and thyme. Sauté for an additional 1-2 minutes until the garlic becomes fragrant.

    Combine Ingredients:

    Add the rinsed lentils, diced tomatoes with their juices, vegetable or chicken broth, and bay leaf to the pot. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

    Simmer:

    Bring the soup to a boil, then reduce the heat to low. Cover and let it simmer for about 25-30 minutes or until lentils are tender.

    Add Greens:

    Stir in the chopped spinach or kale and cook for an additional 5 minutes until the greens are wilted.

    Adjust Seasoning:

    Taste the soup and adjust the seasoning if necessary. Remove the bay leaf.

    Serve:

    Ladle the hot soup into bowls. If desired, sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese and chopped fresh parsley.

    Enjoy:

    erve the Italian Lentil Soup hot, accompanied by crusty bread or a side salad for a complete and hearty meal.

    This Easy Italian Lentil Soup is not only delicious but also packed with nutritious ingredients. It’s a comforting and satisfying dish that’s perfect for a cozy evening at home.

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