How To: Make lentil soup

Make lentil soup

Lentils are sold in many varieties and colors: split, whole, brown, green, black, red, white, French. For the most tender, toothsome lentil, one that won't fall apart in soup, stick with the brown, green, or French (also called "puy") variety. Watch this howcast video to learn how to make a delicious lentil soup.

You Will Need

* A 4 to 5 quart heavy soup pot
* A small skillet
* 1 c dried lentils, washed
* 1 bay leaf
* 3 to 4 sprigs of fresh thyme (or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme, if you must)
* 1 tsp ground cumin
# 1 carrot, peeled and diced
# 1 celery stalk, diced
# 5 to 6 cups chicken or vegetable stock
# 2 tbsp olive oil
# 1 onion, finely chopped
# 2 tsp minced garlic
# Salt and pepper
# Plain yogurt for garnish

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