Tomato Lentil Jalapeño Soup

Okay, so very rarely will you see me come up with my own recipe. I had help with this one: RJ’s sister and I picked out ingredients for this today. She also eats very healthy. You’ll be very pleasantly surprised at the ease, small number of ingredients, and taste to this one, I guarantee it.

Ingredients:

3 large tomatoes (get juicy ones, i.e. no roma tomatoes. Vine ripe or heirloom work great)
1/2 of Trader Joe’s Lentils (about 250 grams or 9 oz’s of cooked lentils)
1/2 red onion
1 Jalapeño
8-15 fresh basil leaves
Sea Salt

1) Chop up the red onion into small strips, although dicing them will also work. Place into a pot intended for soup and put on high heat.

2) While that’s starting, very thinly slice each tomato both vertically and horizontally. You should get many pillars of tomato, resembling a checkerboard. As you finish each tomato, toss into the pot, and be careful not to burn the onion by delaying.

3) After the onion & tomatoes, thinly slice the jalapeño and place into pot as soon as possible. It should still be on high heat, so make sure to stir regularly. Make sure to get all the seeds and everything in.
NOTE: this will not make it unbearably spicy. If you’re worried, perhaps add 1/2 or 2/3 of a jalapeño, but it’s not a death sentence unless you can’t even handle mild salsa.

4) Next comes the lentils. These can be added virtually any time, as they are already cooked (if you buy the trader joe’s brand). Add to the pot and keep stirring regularly.

The purpose of the high heat is to cook down all the ingredients and let the flavors mesh, with the tomatoes being the base for the soup. Stir stir stir!

5) Lastly is the basil. You want to wait until the tomatoes are completely cooked down (or nearly so if you want some chunks in your soup) and then add the basil a few minutes before finishing up. You want them to cook into the meal but not be destroyed. The basil adds a good taste and balances out some of the strong tomato tastes.

6) Salt is to be used sparingly; you really don’t need it given the flavor of the soup. I just put in a little bit and it worked out fine.

And there you have it. Simple as all get up. Takes me about 10-15 minutes tops.

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