Like with most soups, you start with an onion.
Peel and chop the onion and saute it in olive oil. Then, I added some minced garlic and a couple of chopped carrots.
I used 6 little carrots from my garden that would equal 2 large ones.
I also used fresh tomatoes from my garden that I blanched and chopped but you can easily use a 28oz can of diced tomatoes. A 28 oz can of diced tomatoes is roughly equivalent to 2 cups.
I added the diced tomatoes and and some curry powder, ground cumin, thyme and some salt, and let everything simmer for about 5 minutes.
Then I added a cup of lentils, two cups of water and 4 cups of broth. I like to use Imagine No-Chicken broth. It takes about 45 minutes to an hour to soften the lentils, I prefer to cook this soup on a very low heat, to prevent the carrots from breaking down. When the lentils are tender, remove 1 cup of the soup and puree it in a blender and add it back along with 2 cups of spinach leaves. As soon as the spinach is wilted, it's ready.
Makes 4 Servings - Use organic ingredients whenever possible
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 yellow onion
3 cloves garlic
1 28oz can of diced tomatoes
1 teaspoon cumin powder
1 teaspoon curry powder
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup green lentils
2 cups water
4 cups Imagine No-Chicken broth (or vegetable broth)
2 cups baby spinach leaves
Heat the olive oil in a large heavy pot over a medium low heat
Peel and dice the onion into very small pieces.
Saute the onion in the oil for 3 minutes.
Trim the ends off the carrots, cut lenghtwise and chop into small pieces.
Add the chopped carrots to the pot and saute for 3 minutes.
Peel and finely chop the garlic.
Add the garlic to the pot, stir and simmer for 2 minutes.
Add the tomatoes, spices and salt, stir and simmer 5 minutes.
Add the lentils, water and broth.
Stir and simmer for 45 minutes to an hour, until lentils are tender.
Remove 1 cup of the soup and blend it until smooth.
Add it back to the soup along with the spinach.
When the spinach is wilted, turn off the heat and serve.