Adapted from Ina Garten

1 lb. French Green Lentils

4 cups chopped yellow onions (3 large onions)

4 cups chopped leeks white part only (2 leeks)

1 Tbsp. minced garlic (3 cloves)

¼ cup Olive Oil plus some for drizzling on top

1 Tbsp. Kosher Salt

1 ½ tsp. ground pepper

1 Tblsp. minced fresh thyme or 1 tsp dried

1 tsp. ground cumin

3 cups chopped celery

3 cups medium dice carrots

3 quarts chicken stock

¼ cup tomato paste

2 Tbsp. red wine or red wine vinegar

Fresh grated Parmesan cheese


1. In a large bowl cover lentils with boiling water and let sit 15 minutes Drain

2. In a large pot on medium heat, sauté onions, leeks, and garlic with olive oil, salt, pepper, thyme and cumin for 20 minutes, until the vegetables are translucent and very tender.

3. Add the celery and carrots and sauté for 10 more minutes. Add the chicken stock, tomato paste and lentils. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 1 hour, until lentils are cooked through.

4. Check seasonings. Add red wine and serve hot with drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with grated Parmesan.