*  Exported from  MasterCook  *
 
                           BIG-BATCH LENTIL SOUP
 
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 Serving Size  : 12   Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Soups/stews
 
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
 --------  ------------  --------------------------------
    3       tb           Olive oil
    3       md           Onions -- chopped
    3       md           Red bell peppers -- chopped
    3       cl           Garlic -- minced
    2                    Jalapeno peppers -- minced
    1       tb           Oregano -- minced
    1       tb           Ground cumin
    1 1/2   ts           Ground coriander
    4       c            Red or brown lentils -- rinsed
    2       cn           Chicken broth -- 46oz each,
                         .  reduced sodium
    1       cn           Tomatoes -- 28oz
    1 1/4   ts           Salt
      1/2   c            Cilantro -- coarsely chopped
                         -----ZESTY LIME CREAM-----
      1/3   c            Light sour cream
    1       tb           Lime juice
 
   1. Warm oil in I 0-quart pot over medium heat Add
   onion; cook 3 minutes. Add red pep- per, gariic,
   jalaperio, oregano, cumin and co- riander; cook 10
   minutes, or until vegetables are soft, stinring
   fnequently.
   
   2. Add lentils, broth. tomatoes with liquid (breaking
   them up with a spoon) and 2 cups water. Bring lo a
   boil. Reduce heat and simmer 20 to 30 minutes, or
   until lentils are tender, stirring occasionally. Stir
   in salt.
   
   3. Remove 1/3 of the soup to food processor fitted
   wilh metal blade. Puree soup by pulsing on-and-off.
   Stir puree back into soup in pot, along with cilantro.
   
   4. For lime cream: In small bowl, mix sour cream and
   lime juice; set aside
   
   Dinner Plan: Remove 2/3 of soup (about 14 cups) to 2
   separate microwaveproof containers; cool, then freeze
   for later use. Rewarm remaining soup before serving,
   if needed. Top with lime cream. (Approximate microwave
   times: Defrost 45 minutes; reheat 9 minutes, stirring
   once or twice. Make fresh recipe of lime cream.)
  
 
 
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