French Lentil Soup *

French Lentil SoupThis lentil soup is a wonderful comfort-food meal that is enjoyable anytime of the year. It is great as is, or spice it up and add some cooked, seasoned, ground turkey for that extra touch.

  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 med onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 3 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 tsp garlic, minced
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes
  • 1-1/4 cup french green lentils
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • cayenne pepper, to taste (optional)
  • 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • extra-virgin olive oil, for garnish
  • chopped parsley, cilantro, or celery leaves, for garnish

Try this soup with Cheesy Garlic-Herb Drop Biscuits or Texas Skillet Bread.

In a 4-quart saucepan over med-high heat, melt coconut oil. When hot, but not smoking, add the onion and cook until golden brown around the edges and beginning to caramelize, about 8 minutes. Reduce heat to medium and add celery, bell pepper, and garlic; cook for about 5 minutes more.

Add the chicken broth, tomatoes with juice, lentils, and oregano. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for about 45 minutes, until lentils are tender.

Insert a stick blender into the pan and blend in short bursts, 2-3 times, not much more; the goal is to puree a little of the soup, but leave some of the lentils whole. This gives the soup extra texture.

If the soup is too thick, add a little extra water 1/4 cup at a time until the soup reaches the desired consistency. Add the balsamic vinegar. Season to taste with cayenne, if desired, and salt and pepper.

Garnish each serving with a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil and a sprinkle of chopped parsley, cilantro, or celery leaves. The soup is also great with crumbled goat cheese on top.

Serves 8.

*Sugar-Free / Grain-Free

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