I couldn't rightfully follow a soup recipe with that much water, so I'm generally used to adding vegetable broth in its place. But there is one huge flaw here: an hour is not quite enough cooking time for dried lentils. I cooked them for about 1.5 hrs, and still they were too al dente for me. The directions don't say to soak, which I would imgine would help, but my yellow lentils were crying for more squishiness!!
Anyway, all of the 4 and 5 star reviews are that way because there were serious alterations. If you had to add a hamhock, sausage, or double everything, you're not really saying that THIS recipe is at all any good! But I love to cook, and I appreciate adding and subbing all kinds of fun stuff to tailor the recipe to your liking. But far too many people commented they LOVED this, and I think it was mediocre, at best (even with my stock substitution for the broth). Yeah, a tiny little change is not adding a hamhock and chicken broth! But the vinegar and spinach additions were really fun.
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I couldn't rightfully follow a soup recipe with that much water, so I'm generally used to...