I don't think it's a very "pretty" soup, but it is really tasty and is a meal on it's own.
Sometimes I just throw all these ingredients into the slow cooker in the morning and leave it on till dinner time.
Firstly, add about a cup of dried green lentils to a pot and cover with water. Bring to the boil for 5 minutes, then drain off water (this gets rid of the frothy scum that sometimes floats on top that can make you get the farts...hehe) Add drained lentils back to pot.
|Chop some celery|
|Dice a few carrots|
|And some onions|
|Add them to the pot with the lentils.|
Then cover with water and bring to the boil, meanwhile adding about 1-2 tablespoons of tomato paste and a teaspoon of crushed garlic then stir.
Turn down and allow to simmer till all the vegetables and the lentils are tender. Sometimes I need to add more water if it looks like its getting too thick.
Season with salt (pepper if you like too)
This is a really important step and what, I think, makes this soupAdd a splash or two of white vinegar and some good olive oil (extra virgin if you've got it).
I like to serve it with crusty bread. I usually put olive oil, salt and vinegar on the table so everyone can "adjust" the soup to their liking.
This soup is even better the next day.