Tomato Soup with Lentils
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Recipe type: Soup
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Serves: 8
 
Lentils added to a simple tomato soup add protein without significantly affecting the taste. This recipe passed the kid friendly test with flying colors. Total Cost of Recipe is $5.90 or about 74 cents per serving.
Ingredients
  • 1 cup red lentils ($0.94)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil ($0.28)
  • 2 large onions, chopped ($0.38)
  • 2 carrots, chopped ($0.24)
  • 3½ cups tomato puree (If you can't find tomato puree, you can substitute crushed tomatoes) ($2.29)
  • 4 cups vegetable stock (If you don't have vegetable stock, you can use the appropriate amount of vegetable flavored "better than bouillon" mixed with 4 cups water.) ($1.77)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ½ cup creme fraiche (optional. You can substitute Greek yogurt or sour cream if you can't find or don't want to make Creme Fraiche,)
Instructions
  1. Sort lentils and cover with water.
  2. Bring to a boil and cook for 15 minutes then drain and set aside.
  3. Heat olive oil in the bottom of a 3 quart sauce pan.
  4. Add chopped onions and saute 5 minutes until onion is translucent
  5. Add carrot and saute 3 more minutes
  6. Add tomatoes, lentils, broth, and bay leaf.
  7. Bring to a boil then lower heat and simmer
  8. Simmer for 20 - 25 minutes until everything is soft.
  9. Puree with an immersion blender of in small portions in a blender.
  10. Serve topped with a tablespoon of creme fraiche.
Recipe by Patty Cake's Pantry at http://www.pattycakespantry.com/cooking/tomato-soup-with-lentils/