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French Lentil and Vegetable Soup


  • 1/2 pound French green lentils picked over and rinsed
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 cup sliced onions
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1 leek cleaned and chopped
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 stalk celery ribs diced
  • 2 carrots diced
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons dry red wine
  • Freshly grated Parmesan cheese for serving
  • Salt and pepper as per taste


  1. Rinse the lentils and put them in a pressure cooker with 2 cups of water. Allow to come to a boil, close the lid and wait for the steam to start building.
  2. When you hear the steam starting to release with some force, put the heat on medium and set the timer for 1 minute. At one minute mark, switch off heat and let the lentils rest. ( Your timings may differ based on the pressure cooker you use)
  3. Heat olive oil in a large pot. Add the onions, garlic, leeks, salt and pepper and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are very tender.
  4. Add the celery and carrots, cumin, coriander and cook until the veggies begin to soften. Add the two cups of water and then add the lentils to the pot. Bring it to a boil and then let it simmer for a few minutes. Add in the wine and stir and cook for a couple of minutes. Serve with grated parmesan and some bread and a glass of wine.