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lentil soup

i made this last night with a bunch of vegetables fresh from the garden. 

1 1/2 cups lentils
4 cups water
1/2 tsp. salt (optional)
1 medium carrot, sliced and chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
1 small onion, diced
1-2 tbsp. fresh basil (i'm sorry, i don't know the equivalent in dry form 
	because i used the fresh kind)
1/4 tsp. thyme
1/4 tsp. oregano
black pepper
1 large tomato, diced

combine lentils, water, and salt in a soup crock. bring to a boil, reduce 
heat, and simmer (covered) for 20 to 30 minutes.

add the remaining ingredients, except the tomatoes and cook for another 
30 minutes, partially covered.

add tomatoes and cook for another 5 minutes. 

notes: some people like to add a bay leaf during the first step and some 
	vinegar at the end. i added neither because i forgot and it was still