Watch more Soups & Stews videos: http://www.howcast.com/guides/239-Soups-and-Stews Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - http://howc.st/uLaHRS Make lentil soup that's as delicious as it is healthy with this recipe. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: http://howc.st/ytmainplaylists Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - http://howc.st/HOE3aY Howcast Video Games Channel - http://howc.st/tYKKrk Howcast Tech Channel - http://howc.st/rx9FwR Howcast Food Channel - http://howc.st/umBoJX Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - http://howc.st/vmB86i Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - http://howc.st/vKjUjm Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - http://howc.st/vbbNt3 Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Start soup Put the washed lentils, bay leaf, thyme, carrots, celery, and stock in the pot over medium high heat and bring to a boil. Step 2: Reduce heat Once boiling, reduce the heat to low, add salt and pepper to taste, and let the soup cook gently, stirring from time to time. Step 3: Cook onion In the skillet, add the olive oil and turn the heat to medium. When the oil is hot but not smoking, add the chopped onion and cook until translucent and soft but not coloring—about two minutes. Step 4: Cook garlic Add the garlic to the skillet with the onion and cook for another minute, until the garlic is fragrant. Tip If the garlic burns, don't think it will just blend in—it won't. Garlic becomes noticeably bitter when burnt. Step 5: Add garlic/onions to soup After the lentils are tender to the bite—depending on the variety you use that could take anywhere from 25 to 40 minutes—remove the bay leaf and the thyme branches and stir in the onion-garlic mixture to the pot. Step 6: Thin soup if too thick If the soup gets too thick, thin it by adding a little more stock until you reach the consistency you prefer. If necessary, season with more salt and pepper. Step 7: Garnish If you like, add a dollop of plain yogurt just before serving. Et voila: a bowl of fresh lentil soup. Did You Know? It's believed that the first lentil crop was cultivated more than 8,500 years ago, in the Near East, but they didn't show up in the United States until the early 1900s.
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