It was quite chilly here yesterday. No, it was downright cold.
(Ok, I received a call from my friend in Michigan and she reminded me that it’s not that cold here, but it still feels cold to me.)
Looking through old photos, I found some of the garden tomatoes last year. Mmmm … I can hardly wait for summer.
Meanwhile, chilly days are perfect for a slow-cooked soup or stew. So I slipped on an extra pair of cozy socks and peeked in the pantry.
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 medium onions, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 4 cups water, stock, or broth
- 1 1/4 teaspoons dried basil
- 1 teaspoon onion powder or granulated onion
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1 cup uncooked red lentils
- 1 (28 oz) can of diced tomatoes
- 1 (28 oz) can of crushed tomatoes
- 2 teaspoons blackstrap molasses
- 2 teaspoons concentrated orange juice - optional
- 2 cups cooked garbanzo beans (chick peas)
- 1 teaspoon salt or to taste
- In a soup pot, lightly sauté diced onions in olive oil over medium heat for about one minute.
- Stir in minced garlic and sauté for an additional minute. (Don't allow garlic to brown.)
- Add seasonings and stir. Add water (or stock or broth) and increase heat to high.
- Rinse red lentils in a colander and add to soup. Cover and bring to boil.
- When mixture comes to a boil, stir in tomatoes, molasses, and juice. Return to boil and then reduce heat.
- Simmer for 50 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Stir in garbanzo beans and continue cooking for 10 minutes.
- Add salt to taste. The amount of salt needed will depend on the amount already in the tomatoes and garbanzos.
I would probably cook the lentils and tomatoes for about 4 or 5 hours and then an additional hour once the garbanzos have been added. All slow cookers are different, so experiment with yours to find the best cooking times.
Weight Loss Tip:
By the way, with all the fabulous fiber in this soup, it fits quite nicely into the New Measure Weight Loss Plan … and those size 4 jeans.
Packed Lunch Tip:
This soup makes for a very filling lunch and travels well in a thermos.