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June 03, 2009

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Simple lentil soup

2 pounds brown lentils, dried
2 large baking potatoes
4 big onions, diced
1/2 head of garlic, diced finely
1/2 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons thyme leaves, fresh or dried
Salt and pepper
2 tablespoons sugar, optional
2 tablespoons cider vinegar, optional

Wash lentils. Wash and dice the potatoes with skins on.

In a soup kettle over medium heat, lightly saut the onions and garlic. Add the lentils, olive oil and water to cover the lentils plus 4 more inches of water. Add the potatoes and thyme.

Bring to a boil, then simmer 30 minutes.

Add salt and pepper.

If desired to pep up the flavor, add sugar and vinegar.

Serves 8 to 12.

Pretax cost per serving is $2.25 for eight servings and $1.50 for 12 servings. Prices from Martin's Food Market on Wesel Boulevard in Hagerstown. Includes dried thyme, and optional sugar and vinegar. Does not include salt and pepper.


-- Courtesy of Kathleen Hull of Sharpsburg

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