Lentil and Swiss Chard Soup

Serves: 4-6

Ingredients:


1 tablespoon Canola oil

1 medium onion, finely chopped

1 tablespoon tomato paste

1 teaspoon oregano

1 teaspoon dried thyme

1 cup lentils, picked over and rinsed

14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes, and the juice

2 bunches Swiss chard, stalks removed

Coarse salt

Ground pepper

Juice of 1/2 lemon

Hot bread for serving


Preparation:

In a large sauce pan, heat oil over medium high heat. Add onion and cook. Stir often. Cook until softened and slightly browned. Add tomato paste, oregano, and thyme. Stir to combine.

Add lentils and five cups of water, and add tomatoes with the juice. Bring to a boil and simmer partially covered for at least 20 minutes. Add chard and cook. Season with salt and pepper. Cook until the lentils and chard are tender. Stir in lemon juice at the end. Ladle into soup bowls and drizzle with a dash of good olive oil. Serve with hot bread.


Popular vegetable substitutions include: Rainbow Chard

Recipe courtesy of Jane Cline Kabler.