My baby loves lentils, that’s all I know.
When I was a kid I loved them so.
I had a friend named Sandra that lived up the street.
Her Grandma made lentils, they were always a treat.
I waited for them all year.
And during Lent they would appear.
We had to eat them slowly, so we wouldn’t burn our mouths.
Their delicious aroma smelled up the house.
My baby loves lentils, that’s all I know.

And as an adult … I love them so.

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large brown onion (chopped)
2 tomatoes (chopped)
1 large tablespoon of chopped garlic
1/4 cup of cilantro leaves
2 dried chiles de arbol (take stem off)
1 teaspoon of dried oregano
5 cups of chicken or vegetable broth

2 cups of lentils (sorted, cleaned and rinsed) – I like to use “Verde Valle”

In a 3 quart pot (with a lid because you will need it later) , pour olive oil and let heat over a medium high flame. Toss in onion, tomato, garlic, chile de arbol, and oregano. Saute and mix occasionally for 10 minutes.

Then add in broth, and cilantro.  Bring to a boil.

Once broth is boiling add lentils, and reduce flame down to low/simmer.

Cover pot with lid and let simmer for 45 to 55 minutes. You will then have tender lentils in a tasty broth.

I serve mine with sliced avocado on top.
Sometimes crumbled feta cheese.
A corn tortilla quesadilla will make a special appearance now and then.

Just a bowl of lentils all on their own is equally delicious.




8 thoughts on “Lentils”

  • Delicioso platillo Nicole Marie !!! Muchas gracias por compartir estas exquisitas recetas con nosotros y por darnos a conocer la rica variedad de la gastronomía mexicana, ya veo porqué fue reconocida recientemente (16 Nov 2010) por la UNESCO como Patrimonio Inmaterial de la Humanidad. Te deseo el mejor de los éxitos con este blog, espero tenerlo por mucho/mucho tiempo, felicidades !!!

  • Yum! Made lentils for dinner last night, It was beyond tasty. The boys loved it! Thank you for posting this great recipe- I will be making it again! The recipe was very easy to follow and prep took 10 mins max. I tried both the avocado and feta topping too… loved the feta and the boys (6 & 17) topped the lentils with shredded chicken. Delicious!!!

  • Many friends sent me direct messages regarding the lentils. Who knew so many people loved lentils? Glad people are pleased. Feel free to post your comments here! I enjoy the feedback.

  • Quite a tasty version of lentil soup. I did substitute in a red onion. I loved the avocado on top accompanied by a quesadilla. This lentil soup is so perfect for cold weather with family and friends. Bon appétit.

  • Had a few people over last night, and I made this lentil soup as a starter before dinner. It was a hit, everyone asked for seconds. It was so simple to make and super tasty. I plan on making it all the time now. Thank you for sharing your recipe!