i made this last night with a bunch of vegetables fresh from the garden.
1 1/2 cups lentils
4 cups water
1/2 tsp. salt (optional)
1 medium carrot, sliced and chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
1 small onion, diced
1-2 tbsp. fresh basil (i'm sorry, i don't know the equivalent in dry form
because i used the fresh kind)
1/4 tsp. thyme
1/4 tsp. oregano
1 large tomato, diced
combine lentils, water, and salt in a soup crock. bring to a boil, reduce
heat, and simmer (covered) for 20 to 30 minutes.
add the remaining ingredients, except the tomatoes and cook for another
30 minutes, partially covered.
add tomatoes and cook for another 5 minutes.
notes: some people like to add a bay leaf during the first step and some
vinegar at the end. i added neither because i forgot and it was still