A closeup shot of a bowl of lentil soup placed on a tablecloth
Ina Garten's Lentil Soup Is A Tasty Catch-All For Leftover Vegetables
By Missy Boylan
It is easy to over-buy veggies, but the good news is that you do not have to let that produce wilt away, since there are plenty of flexible recipes designed to incorporate whatever you have on hand. One of them is Ina Garten's recipe for French lentil soup, which serves enough fiber as well as a perfect opportunity to use up any produce that is on its way out.
Garten's recipe, which uses a ton of vegetables, is delectable and incredibly adaptable, giving you a ton of options for using up any extra vegetables you may have. Try using parsnips instead of carrots if you don't have any on hand, and add any wilting spinach you have in a bag during the last few minutes of cooking if you have any.
In addition to the lentils, the original recipe calls for onions, leeks, carrots, celery, fresh thyme, tomato paste, red wine, stock, olive oil, and spices. Sarah Crowder, a food writer, concurs with Garten and says that her first piece of advice in making lentil soup is to use up any leftover vegetables and adapt the recipe to your preferences.