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  • Refreshing Red Lentil Soup

    Serves 4
    1 tablespoon olive oil
    1 large carrot, diced
    2 large ribs celery, diced
    1 small yellow onion, diced
    1/4 teaspoon salt, plus additional to taste
    1 cup red lentils
    4 cups water or low-sodium broth
    1 whole bay leaf
    2 tablespoons lemon juice from 1/2 large lemon
    Olive oil, yogurt, or other topping, to serve

    In a medium (2- to 3-quart) saucepan or Dutch oven, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the carrot, celery, onion, and 1/4 teaspoon salt, stir to combine, then cover and let the vegetables sweat until the onions are soft and translucent, about 5 minutes.

    Add the lentils, water or broth, and bay leaf. Bring up to a boil, then turn the heat down to low and let simmer, covered, until the lentils begin to fall apart, about 20 minutes.

    Turn off the heat, stir in the lemon juice, and add salt to taste. Ladle into bowls and serve. Leftovers will keep refrigerated for 5 days.

    Recipe Notes

    • To perk up the soup just before serving, top it with a drizzle of peppery olive oil, a dollop of plain yogurt or a sprinkle of sumac
    • This recipe is pared down to just the basics — you can certainly add a teaspoon of garam masala, Italian herbs, or any other seasoning blend to spice things up a bit if you like. Just add the spices in along with the lentils and broth.