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Lentil Soup & Garlic Parmesan Popovers: Easy Entertaining

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This easy and delicious menu will be a hit with your family and friends!
Ingredients
For the lentil soup
  Bacon 3 , slices, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
  Onion 1 Large, chopped
  Carrots 1 1⁄2 Cup (24 tbs), grated or chopped
  Garlic cloves 3 Medium, minced or pressed through a garlic press
  Diced tomatoes 14 1⁄2 Ounce (One 14 1/2 oz Can with juice)
  Bay leaf 1 Medium
  Fresh thyme leaves 1 Teaspoon
  Lentils 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Salt 1 Teaspoon
  Ground black pepper To Taste
  Dry white wine 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Low sodium chicken broth/Vegetable broth 6 Cup (96 tbs)
For the garlic parmesan popovers
  Eggs 2 Large
  Milk 3⁄4 Cup (12 tbs)
  Water 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  All purpose flour 14 Tablespoon (One Cup minus 2 Tbsp)
  Salt 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Garlic clove 1 Large
  Freshly grated parmesan cheese 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs) (As needed)
Directions

To Prepare the Lentil Soup:
GETTING READY
1. Take 3 slices of bacon and cut them into 1.4-inch pieces. Set aside.
2. Chop onion and carrots and set them aside as well.

MAKING
3. In a soup pot, fry the bacon pieces over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until bacon is crisp, for about 3 to 4 minutes.
4. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 2 minutes until vegetables begin to soften.
5. Add grated (or chopped) carrots, stir and let it cook for a couple of minutes until the carrots and onions soften.
6. Add garlic and cook for about 30 seconds.
7. Add fresh thyme and bay leaves into the soup pot. Give it a little stir and let it cook for another minute or so.
8. Stir in the can of diced tomatoes with the juice.
9. Stir in lentils, salt, and pepper to taste, cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and cook the vegetables and lentils for about 8 to 10 minutes.
10. Increase heat to high, add wine and chicken broth, bring to boil, then cover partially, and reduce heat to low. Simmer until lentils are tender, about 30 to 35 minutes.

SERVING
11. Serve hot.

To Prepare the Popovers:
GETTING READY
1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
2. Generously spray six popover cups with cooking spray.

MAKING
3. In a bowl (or large 4 cup measuring cup) whisk together 2 eggs, milk, and water.
4. Add flour and whisk mixture until combined well, but still slightly lumpy. Set this aside.
5. Mince garlic and mash with salt. Whisk garlic paste into the popover batter and mix everything together.
6. Pour a little bit of batter into each of the popover cup tins.
7. Sprinkle some Parmesan over batter in the tins and then top with remaining batter.
8. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes.
9. After 20 minutes, reduce heat to 325 F for 15 minutes more.

SERVING
10. Serve warm with the lentil soup.

Things You Will Need
1. Popover cups

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Medium
Cuisine: 
European
Preparation Time: 
25 Minutes
Cook Time: 
45 Minutes
Ready In: 
70 Minutes
Servings: 
6
If you are looking for a recipe that will, within minutes, give you a detailed recipe for a wholesome meal, then this video is just the thing for you. Watch and learn to make a soup as well as yummy popovers. Enjoy!

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