Garlicky Lentil Soup with Chard and Lemon
  • ½ cup lentils (brown or green)
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 tsp salt, divided
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 large onion, finely diced
  • 1 bunch chard, any type, cleaned, trimmed, and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • ¾ tsp ground coriander
  • pepper to taste
  • 4 large garlic cloves, minced
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro leaves, minced (optional)
  • juice of ½ lemon
  1. In a large pot, bring the lentils, water, and ½ tsp of the salt to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until the lentils are just tender, about 20 minutes.
  2. Heat a large saute pan, and when hot, add the olive oil. Add the onion, chard, the remaining ½ tsp of salt, coriander, and pepper. Saute over medium heat until the chard stems and onions are soft, but not brown, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the garlic and saute until fragrant, another minute or so, then add the cilantro, if using.
  4. Add the chard mixture to the lentils, stir in the lemon juice, and continue to simmer over medium heat for a few minutes.
  5. Turn off the heat and let the soup sit about 10 minutes. Taste and adjust seasonings, as needed.
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