Beef and lentil soup
Beef and Lentil Soup
The start of a new year inevitably means eating healthier, doesn’t it? For me, it’s just that we indulged and overindulged over the holidays, and I want to have more energy and less carb-induced couch potato-ness. Of course, that could cut into my Super Mario Bros. time, but I’m willing to risk it.
This soup began as a Giada recipe from Food Network. I have to say, that it seems like more work went into it than taste came out of it. We had it for dinner over the weekend, and neither of the kids would do much more than “one bite to be polite.” Sam ate the beef. Claudia ate the carrots. Great. There was still a bunch of soup left, and Jim and I both thought it was just totally ordinary, so I ended up adding some curry powder to it and heating it up a little longer. The leftovers ended up being way better than the original.
In light of my tweaks, I’ve changed the recipe to account for the addition. Now I feel better about recommending it. And all that being said, if you’re looking for lentil recipes that are really wonderful, please check out these past posts, cause they are definite keepers: Lentil Sausage Soup and Stewed Lentils and Tomatoes. (Just don’t judge either of them by the unflattering photos…. they weren’t very cooperative models!)
Recipe: Lentil Soup
(adapted from Food Network)
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 1/2 lbs. beef stew meat, cut into 1″ cubes
salt and freshly ground pepper
3 celery stalks, chopped
3 large carrots, peeled and chopped
1 large onion, chopped
6 garlic cloves, diced
1 1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning
1 1/2 tsp. dried thyme
1 1/2 tsp. ground curry powder (mild)
1 28-oz. can of diced tomatoes in juice
8 c. beef broth
2 c. dried lentils, rinsed
Heat the oil in a large, heavy pot over medium/high heat. Add the beef and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Brown the beef for 5-8 minutes, then add the vegetables and spices to the pot. Continue cooking until onions are translucent. Add the broth and tomatoes with their juice. Bring the soup to a boil. Reduce heat to medium/low. Cover and simmer until meat is tender, about 1 hour. Add the lentils. Cover and continue simmering until lentils are tender, about 40-45 minutes. Season soup with additional salt and pepper.