What the heck is a lentil? I had to look this one up because, while I bought them and cooked them tonight, I wasn’t really clear on the little flat pea-like guys. I kind of figured it was a legume, which it is, but it’s not a normal bean. Did you know it’s the third highest plant-based food in amount of protein it contains? I know, fascinating. Apparently it’s prevalent in Indian food as well, which since I’m not a huge fan of Indian food, I didn’t know.

Anyhow, because Prince Charming likes his mother’s lentil soup, I figured I’d try my hand at it. It also helps that a bag of lentils is only a few bucks so it’s a cheap dinner.

I flipped open my bible of cooking, the Joy of Cooking cookbook my grandma gave me a dozen years ago and found a lentil soup recipe. It was pretty simple, onion, carrot, celery, garlic with bacon optional (I don’t like bacon but I used turkey bacon for the flavor). Then add water, lentils, can of diced tomato, thyme and boil. Near the end you add balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper. Here’s what it looked like:

Prince Charming is coming home late this evening so he hasn’t tried it yet, but when I had my serving I had to add way more salt and pepper after the recommended amount was added to the soup. Maybe I’m just used to super salty soup from a can? Or maybe it’s because I use kosher instead of iodized salt?

Overall I thought it wasn’t that hard to make and the flavor is good (once the salt is added). We’re going to have leftovers until the cows come home so we can bring lunch to work. I’m not normally a big fan of soups, but this is the second I’ve found that isn’t that bad.