Smokey Red Lentil Soup

Quick. Rich. Tasty!

  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 cup red lentils, rinsed and drained
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 large carrot, sliced
  • 2 celery stalks, sliced
  • 1 whole chicken-flavoured veggie bouillon cube
  • 2 Tbsp. dried oregano
  • 4-5 cups boiling water
  • 1 Tbsp. liquid smoke- hickory flavour
  • dash of salt to taste
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. sweet chili oil

In a large pot, gently saute the oil, onion, carrot, and celery for about 3 minutes. Add the lentils, black pepper, and oregano, and saute gently another 2 minutes. Dissolve the boullion cube in 2 cups boiling water. Add to the sauteed veggies and stir until simmering. Add the liquid smoke, chili oil, and another 2 cups boiling water. Cover and stir, gently simmering on low, for about an hour. Check in 30 minutes and if the soup is very thick, add 1 more cup of boiling water. Salt to taste. The lentils dissolve and when the veggies are done, remove soup from the heat and let it rest uncovered for 5 minutes before serving. Serves 4.

Optional: Just before serving, add 1/4 cup fresh minced parsley to the soup while it’s resting and stir.

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