Italian-Style Lentil Soup



  1. In a saucepan or 4-quart Dutch oven heat oil over medium heat.
  2. Add onion and garlic and cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add broth, the water, lentils, Italian seasoning, and pepper to onion mixture and simmer, covered, for 30 minutes.
  4. Stir in tomatoes and tomato paste.
  5. Stir in frozen peas and carrots and pasta.
  6. Return to boiling, reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, 10 minutes.
  7. Sprinkle each serving with cheese.