This week I indulged in lots of delicious Beef and Lentil soup. It's easy to cook and super filling. Make it like this:
1. Buy a package of stew meat. Then cut the meat into smaller pieces. You could make this a seriously chunky soup if you'd like but I prefer smaller bites of meat on this one.
2. Salt and pepper the beef.
3. Heat a big pot on the stove over medium high heat. Add about two tablespoons of olive oil. (That's about twice around the pot.)
4. When the oil is hot, brown the meat.
5. After it's brown on all sides, put the meat on a plate and set it aside.
6. Add a little more oil to the pot. Add diced carrots, celery and onion.
7. After about 6 or 7 minutes, when the veggies are semi-soft, add a couple cloves of chopped garlic. Make sure the garlic doesn't brown. Brown garlic tastes BAD.
8. Put the meat back in the pot. Add a can of diced tomatoes. (You can use a 15oz or 28oz. Depends on your love for tomatoes.)
9. Add a box of beef broth and some fresh thyme. Stir.
10. Let the soup simmer over medium heat, covered, for an hour.
11. Add lentils. About a cup will do.
12. Cover the pot and let the soup cook another hour or until lentils are soft.
And that's it! It's as delicious as it looks and the meat will fall apart in your mouth. Enjoy!
What other soups would you like to learn how to make?