Since my throat has been sore, I’ve been craving hot tea and soup lately. I made a really good French Onion soup yesterday using a combo of recipes I found online and in my trusty America’s Text Kitchen cookbook. I always start there when I’m making a new recipe because they give the best explanations for how and why to make the food taste better. Seems like the key to a good French Onion soup is letting the onions cook for a long time (over an hour) so they get nice and dark brown and carmelized to deepen the flavor.
So, with soup on my mind, I wanted to share another favorite soup – Crock Pot Lentil Soup – I posted previously on Honey We’re Healthy. If you didn’t know, for a couple of years, I used to feature my fitness and food content on that blog, but it got to be too much to keep up with two blogs, so now I’m sharing everything here. You can check out my Fitness tab at the top of the page here and you can still visit Honey We’re Healthy and check out that content – I just don’t update it anymore.
My friend Karen makes the best, most flavorful soups and she loves to gift it to her friends (lucky us!), and it really feels like love in a bowl. I’m not as proficient a soup maker as Karen, but I’d be proud to serve this to her! It’s delicious and really easy to make. And pretty hearty, especially if you have it with crusty bread.
– 4 medium garlic cloves
– 2 TBS Extra-virgin olive oil (for serving, optional)
– 1TBS tomato paste
– 1/2 ounce dried porcini mushrooms, soaked, rinsed and minced
– 1 1/2 tsp minced fresh thyme leaves , or 1 teaspoon dried
– Salt and pepper to taste
– 4 cups vegetable broth
– 4 cups chicken broth
– 4 slices of bacon
– 3 carrots, chopped into 1/2 inch chunks
– 12 ounces portobello mushroom caps, gills removed, cut into 1/2-inch chunks (I used sliced bella mushrooms)
– 1 cup brown or green lentils (1 cup), rinsed and picked over
– 1 bay leaf (not pictured)
– 8 oz. Swiss chard leaves only (I used collard greens)