Above you can see my second giant bowl of vegetable soup,lentil to be exact. Yesterday was a traditional Jewish fast day, Tisha B'Av. After twenty-five hours without eating or drinking, it's really important to have something nourishing and easy to digest. For me that's Vegetable Soup. It doesn't matter which vegetables I include or the exact quantities, it always tastes good. That's one of the beauties of Vegetable Soup.
Years ago, I made it richer and heartier with carbohydrates like barley, wheat and rice. But as the house emptied and my weight increased, I found it necessary to tweak the recipe a bit. This is what I made:
salt, pepper and some parsley flakes
lots of water- I add boiling water to cut down on cooking time.
- check the lentils for rocks, bugs etc
- pour boiling water over it, to cover plus, and cover pot
- leave for at least half an hour
- add the onions, squash, carrots, garlic and oil (better less than more)
- add more boiling water, at least a few inches higher than the veggies
- cook on high flame until boiling, then simmer on low flame for between 40-60 minutes
- towards the end of cooking time add the salt, pepper and parsley
- always cook in covered pot
- turn off flame and leave in pot for at least 15 minutes before serving
- replace carrots with mushrooms, or just add mushrooms to the classic recipe
- ditto with cauliflower, but since the cauliflower cooks more quickly, add later during the cooking
- substitute barley or peas for the lentils