It's spring now and we're welcoming warmer days! But we can still have some chilly nights, and a good bowl of homemade soup is a welcome meal. Here's a recipe for a lentil soup that can be made in a snap thanks to pre-cooked lentils from Trader Joe's.
Super-Quick Lentil Soup
1) In a medium saucepan, heat 2 teaspoons olive oil over medium. Add 1 small onion, chopped; 2 large carrots, finely chopped; 3 stalks celery, finely chopped; and 3 cloves minced garlic. Season with salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until onion softens, about 5 minutes.
2) Add about 48 ounces of vegetable broth (I used a 32 oz. container of broth plus roughly half another container); stir in 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer about 5 minutes.
3) Add a 17.6 ounce package of Trader Joe's cooked lentils and cook until soup is slightly thickened, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in 4 teaspoons red-wine vinegar. Season as needed with salt and pepper. Enjoy.