Wednesday, December 1, 2010

November 18 Tomato Lentil Soup

So this recipe was more for mom than for the girls. I did not really think they would devour it. Audrey has enjoyed tomato soup in the past so I had a small hope she could like this one. I was not so lucky. We had grilled cheese sammies and fresh fruit on the side. I found this recipe in my Not Your Mother's Slow Cooker Recipes for Two. It is a fabulous book for small families.

  • 1 tbsp EVOO
  • 2 ounces pancetta, chopped
  • 3/4 cup brown lentils
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 1 celery stalk, diced
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1/2 bay leaf
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme or marjoram
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 to 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
In a medium skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add pancetta and cook until translucent, 5 minutes. Place lentils, onion, carrot, celery, water, tomato paste, bay leaf, and thyme in slow cooker. Add pancetta and stir to combine. Cover and cook on low for 7 to 9 hours, until the lentils are completely soft. Season soup with salt and pepper, then add vinegar. 

Audrey's Tasks:
  1. Help measure and add ingredients
  2. Stir to combine
  3. Cover and turn on cooker
Mom's Tasks:
  1. Gather ingredients
  2. Saute
  3. Assist
Another easy and tasty meal. I had pre-cooked bacon on hand so I used that instead of pancetta. I also decided to saute the onion instead of adding it raw. I have cooked it both ways and have found I enjoy the flavor more when the onion is sauted first. The pictures you are about to see will belie the fact that I listed Audrey as helper. Maurene did an equal portion before Audrey showed up to help. I am starting to find the need to have tasks for Maurene as well. If not we all end up yelling. Stay tuned to see how easy it is to cook with two young children.

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