Leek Lentil Soup

Sometimes simple is best.  This rings true for this few ingredient Leek Lentil Soup.  So warm up your belly and soul on a chilly Winter evening with this soothing and savory simple soup.  You won't miss the chicken!  I swear!

Leek Lentil Soup
3 Leeks
2 Ribs Celery
1 Carrot
1 Cup Red Lentils
6 Cups Water
2 Tablespoons Canola Oil
1 Tablespoon Sea Salt
1 Bay Leaf

Begin by chopping and thoroughly washing leeks.  I suggest soaking them in a couple changes of cold water in a large bowl.  Heat up oil in large pot over medium heat and add chopped leeks.  Now add salt, stir and prepare other veggies.  Chop celery and carrot into bite size peices.  Once leeks have cooked for about 5-7 minutes, add celery, carrot and bay leaf.  Cook for another 2-3 minutes.  Rinse lentils and add to pot.  Stir veggies and add water, two cups at a time.  Bring to a gentle boil and reduce to lowest simmer.  Cover pot with lid and cook for 12-15 minutes or until lentils are tender.  Taste test for seasoning level.  Serve immediately and garnish with fresh cracked black pepper, if desired.

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