1/2 lb dried C&F Foods Lentils
1/4 cup olive oil
1 1/2 tablespoons garlic, minced
1 yellow onion, diced
1 large carrot, chopped
1 quart water or chicken stock
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
2 bay leaves
1 tablespoon tomato paste
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
1 teaspoon olive oil (or more to taste)
Red wine vinegar (to taste)
Sort and rinse lentils.
Place lentils in a large saucepan; add enough water to cover by 1 inch. Bring water to a boil and cook until tender, about 10 minutes; drain.
Heat olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic, onion, and carrot. Cook and stir until the onion has softened and turned translucent, about 5 minutes. Pour in lentils, water or stock, oregano, rosemary, and bay leaves. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer for 10 minutes.
Stir in tomato paste and season with salt and pepper. Cover and simmer until the lentils have softened, 30 to 40 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add additional water if the soup becomes too thick. Drizzle with olive oil and red wine vinegar. Remove bay leaves before serving. Serves 6.