Day 18-Lentil Soup

I love the food network and it is the most watched channel in my house. One of my favorite chefs is Alton Brown. He is so infectious and knowledgeable. He is seen mostly on the Iron Chef America as the host but he does host his own show which is not on often :(.
Being fall, the season for comfort food I decided to include Alton Brown’s Lentil soup to the food challenge. Its perfect for freezing so you can make multiple meals for the coming weeks.

LENTIL SOUP

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped carrot
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped celery
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 pound lentils, picked and rinsed
  • 1 cup peeled and chopped tomatoes
  • 2 quarts chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground toasted cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground grains of paradise

Directions

Place the olive oil into a large 6-quart Dutch oven and set over medium heat. Once hot, add the onion, carrot, celery and salt and sweat until the onions are translucent, approximately 6 to 7 minutes. Add the lentils, tomatoes, broth, coriander, cumin and grains of paradise and stir to combine. Increase the heat to high and bring just to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover and cook at a low simmer until the lentils are tender, approximately 35 to 40 minutes. Using a stick blender, puree to your preferred consistency. Serve immediately.

SERVES: 6; Calories: 372; Total Fat: 8 grams; Saturated Fat: 1 grams; Protein: 24 grams; Total carbohydrates: 55 grams; Sugar: 5 grams Fiber: 13 grams; Cholesterol: 0 milligrams; Sodium: 762 milligrams

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