Many cultures have their version of lentil soup – what I love the most about mine is the simplicity of the soup, and the way the flavor and texture of the lentil doesn’t get marred or lost in a sea of ingredients. Eat this with a Marouli Salad (page 174) for a heart-healthy lunch or dinner.
1. In a large pot, bring 8 cups lightly salted water to a boil. Stir in the lentils and simmer them until slightly hydrated, 10 to 15 minutes. Drain the lentils into a large colander and discard the cooking liquid.
2. In a large saucepan over medium heat, sauté the onion until golden and softened, 5 minutes. Stir in the lentils, garlic, carrots, grated tornato, tornato paste, bay leaf, rosemary, and salt and pepper to taste. Stir in 8 cups water, bring to a boil, and simmer until the lentils are soft, 35 to 45 minutes.
3. Slowly add the olive oil, stirring continuously, and simmer the soup tor 10 to 15 more minutes, or until it thikens. Taste and add salt and pepper as desired. Remove the bay leaf and the rosemary sprig before serving.