Submitted by: William Bottoms
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 40 Minutes
Red Lentil Soup purée with extremely good flavor but light on calories.
Put your garlic in olive oil and foil and place in a 325°F-350°F oven. About 40 minutes to cook.
Clean beans to remove any stones or debris - double wash. Place lentil in a pot with water, stock, bay leaf, kosher salt and bring to a boil, then simmer.
Vegetable Mixture: Sautee in olive oil, Carrots, onions, celery until they are mushy. Place in pot with lentil beans. Stir occasionally to prevent from sticking.
Seasoning Paste: Mash coriander, cumin, thyme, basil, tomato paste, olive oil to create your paste. Put the seasoning paste in with the simmering lentil beans.
Garlic: Take cooked garlic and mash it and add to simmering lentil beans.
Purée beans in a food processor.
Optional: When lentils are cooked add 2 tbls vinegar, 2 tbls lemon, 2 tbls mango chutney, 1 jalepeno pepper or crushed red pepper and 2 tbls of fresh cilantro coarsely chopped.