Monday, November 15, 2010

Lentil Soup with Beef

Recipe courtesy of Giada De Laurentiis.

I am trying to be more adventurous by using ingredients that I don't have much experience with, and one of those ingredients would be lentils. I had bought some French green lentils at Whole Foods a little while back, so I finally used them when I made this soup a week ago. It was a big hit with my husband and I am so glad he likes lentils. They are a versatile, healthy ingredient that I will definitely be using more of. My next new ingredient to experiment with is quinoa. Stay tuned!

What You'll Need:
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 pounds boneless beef chuck, cut into 1-inch cubes
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
3 large celery stalks, chopped
2 large carrots, peeled and chopped
1 large onion, chopped
6 garlic cloves, chopped
1 and 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary leaves
1 and 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
6 (14-ounce) cans beef broth
1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes in juice
2 cups (about 11 ounces) lentils, rinsed
1/3 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley leaves

How to Make It:
Heat the oil in heavy large pot over medium-high heat. Sprinkle the beef with salt and pepper. Add half of the beef and cook until brown, about 8 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the beef to a bowl. Repeat with the remaining beef. Add the celery, carrots, onion, garlic, rosemary, and oregano to the pot. Saute until the onions are translucent, about 8 minutes. Return the beef and any accumulated juices from the bowl to the pot. Add the broth and tomatoes with their juice. Bring the soup to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low. Cover and simmer until the meat is just tender, stirring occasionally, about 1 hour. Add the lentils. Cover and continue simmering until the lentils are tender, about 40 minutes. Stir in the parsley. Season the soup, to taste, with salt and pepper. Ladle the soup into bowls and serve.

1 comment:

  1. I also recently made a lentil beef soup. Lentils have made their way into my pantry in the past year or so because they are so cheap, nutritious and versatile - a frugal pantry dream.