Dad's Lentil Soup
This is a soup recipe that my dad cooks all the time he actually learned from my mom when he used to help her in the kitchen and he changed a few things to the recipe from mom's recipe this is also a healthy soup too.
1 lb. Dry Lentils (bag of 16 oz)
3 chicken bouillon (you might need one more if you need to add more water).
1 teaspoon garlic powder
A dash of paprika
1/4 cup of crushed tomatoes with juice
1 potato peeled and cut in small cubes
1 carrot peeled and cut small
1 celery stalk cut small
1/2 onion cut small
salt and pepper to taste
1 lb. of small pasta like ditalini or tiny shells.
Cook according to package directions and drain.
Make sure lentil is clean (search for little tiny pepples in the lentil and take it out)
Then rinse and drain, in a big enough pot cover lentil with enough water about 3 inches above and soak for about 1 hour.
Cook lentil on medium heat with the same water for 10 minutes then add all ingredients cook for another 35 minutes stirring occasionally, cook until lentils are soft make sure you don't over cook them because they will start to melt away, you might need to add a little more water while cooking to have enough when you add the cooked pasta. Once it's cooked add pasta and stir, drizzle with olive oil and serve.
Sprinkle grated cheese on top of each portion. (Optional)
I sometimes just cook the lentil and pasta separate and then a divide the pasta in bowls and add the lentil soup over the pasta.
Serve while it's hot.