• Hands-on Time

    20 min

  • Total Time

    1 hr

  • Difficulty

    Not Too Tricky

  • Servings

    8

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Kid-Friendly Lentil Soup

Ingredients

Kid-Friendly Lentil Soup

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 slices bacon, chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 4 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup water (or more)
  • 1 1/2 cups lentils, rinsed, drained
  • 1 14 1/2–ounce can diced, fire-roasted tomatoes in juice
  • 1/2 tablespoon of butter
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Directions

Kid-Friendly Lentil Soup


 

Heat oil in heavy large saucepan or Dutch oven over medium–high heat. Add bacon, onions, celery, carrots, and garlic; sauté until vegetables begin to brown, about 15 minutes.

Add 4 cups broth, water, lentils and tomatoes with juice and bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium–low, cover and simmer until lentils are tender, about 35 minutes.

Puree soup with a stick blender to develop a smoother consistency (some texture should remain). Alternately, transfer 2 cups soup (mostly solids) to an upright blender and puree until smooth. Return puree to soup in pan; thin soup with more water by 1/4 cupfuls, if too thick.

Gently stir in butter until melted and fully incorporated. Season with salt, pepper. Ladle soup into bowls to serve.