Lentils are a healthy, meaty-tasting Mediterranean dish which cooks far faster than beans. Add celery, red pepper, carrot and spinach if you like for an extra boost of flavor and vitamins!

Serves: 6 Preparation time: 10m Cooks in: 1:10m Ready in: 1:20m

500 gr lentils, picked and rinsed
1 cup onion, grated
2 garlic cloves, finely sliced
½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 large ripe tomato, grated
2 bay leaves
red wine vinegar
salt, freshly ground black pepper

Step 1
Drain and place lentils in a large pan. Cover with water. Boil for 10 minutes and then drain.

Step 2
Return lentils to pan adding six cups of water, onion, garlic, tomato and bay leaves.
Simmer for 30 minutes until tender.

Step 3
Add the oil, salt and pepper and a little vinegar. Simmer for 20-30 minutes until soup thickens.

Step 4
Serve hot in bowls, adding a little extra vinegar and a peppermint sprig if you like.

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