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Lentil Soup with Balsamic-Roasted Winter Vegetables December 5, 2007

Filed under: recipes — mrmrsbsh @ 5:16 am
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This is a new recipe we just tried tonight and I got an AWESOME response from Brian about it. He absolutely loved it, and I must say I enjoyed it, too. I got the recipe off of MyRecipes.com (Cooking Light) and it’s by Jennifer Martinkus. As usual, I made a couple modifications to it (as noted below).

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Ingredients

1 2/3 cups cubed peeled sweet potato, (about 8 ounces)
1 2/3 cups cubed peeled parsnip (about 8 ounces)
1 2/3 cups cubed peeled carrot (about 8 ounces)
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar, divided
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup (4 ounces) chopped pancetta (I completely ommited this!)
1 cup chopped shallots (about 6 large)
1 cup chopped red onion (about 1 medium)
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 cup dry white wine
1 1/4 cups dried lentils
6 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth, divided (I use the vegetarian/organic stuff in the jar & mix with water)
8 cups Swiss chard, trimmed and chopped (about 9 ounces)  (I used spinach instead since the store didn’t have any Swiss chard)

 Preparation
Preheat oven to 375°. Combine sweet potato, parsnip, carrot, 2 tablespoons vinegar, oil, and salt in a large bowl; toss well. Arrange vegetable mixture in a single layer on a large foil-lined jelly-roll pan; bake at 375° for 30 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring occasionally. Set aside. Cook pancetta in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat 8 minutes or until crisp. Remove from pan with a slotted spoon; set aside. Add shallots and onion to drippings in pan; cook 15 minutes or until golden brown. Add remaining 1 tablespoon vinegar, thyme, garlic, and pepper; cook 1 minute. Add wine, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Add pancetta, lentils, and 4 cups broth to pan. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 30 minutes. Add remaining 2 cups broth and roasted vegetables to pan, and simmer 15 minutes, uncovered. Add chard, and cook 2 minutes or until wilted.  

Yield 6 servings (serving size: about 1 1/2 cups)

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