Beef and Lentil Soup

Just love this cooler
weather now in Cyprus, still nice to go to the beach but in the evenings I'm
feeling a little chilly, craving something warm and comforting. How about a
hearty, delicious soup full of goodness?! I found this recipe which is a meal
in itself, served with lovely fresh bread, just perfect!  Hope you like it!!  
2 tbls Olive Oil
750g boneless stewing
beef, cut into cubes
Salt & pepper
3 celery stalks,
2 carrots, chopped
1 large onion,
6 garlic cloves,
1 ½ tsp chopped rosemary
1 ½ dried oregano
1 can of tomatoes
2 cups of lentils,
1.3 cup fresh
Heat the oil in a
large heavy pot over a medium heat. Sprinkle the beef with salt & pepper.
Add to the pot and brown on all sides until brown, about 8 minutes should do
it. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the beef to a bowl and set aside.
Add the celery, carrots,
onion, garlic, rosemary and oregano to the pot. Sauté until the onions are
Return the beef to
the pot and any accumulated juices from the pot.
Add the tomatoes and
cover with water. Bring to the boil. Now reduce heat to medium, cover and
simmer until meat is just tender, stirring occasionally and if needed add a
little water.
Add the lentils and
continue to cook until tender, add water if necessary but make sure you're left
with   a lovely thick sauce. Season with salt and
pepper. Sprinkle with the fresh parsley.

Androulla xx