Sometimes I'll plan ahead and remember to soak dried beans overnight, but most of the time, I simply use recipes that call for canned beans. Better yet, lentils are so tiny that they don't require an overnight bath. Don't believe me? Then give this recipe a try.
It proves that brown lentils can be cooked in under a half an hour. They're combined with sautéed veggies and vegetable broth to make a hearty, savory, and soothing soup. Fresh croutons add heft and crunch to this brothy and delicious dish. Sound interesting? Get the recipe now. From Everyday Food Ingredients 2 tablespoons olive oil Directions Serves 4.
Vegetarian Lentil Soup With Croutons
1 medium onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
Coarse salt and ground pepper
2 carrots, quartered lengthwise and thinly sliced crosswise
1 bag (1 pound) brown lentils, picked over
2 cans (14 1/2 ounces each) reduced-sodium vegetable broth
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 dried bay leaf
4 ounces sourdough bread, cut into 1/2-inch cubes (about 1 1/2 cups)
From Everyday Food
2 tablespoons olive oil