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Prep lentils overnight by soaking them and checking for stones/rocks Strain lentils and dry lentils
Add extra virgin olive oil over medium heat
Add carrots and minced garlic.
Stir occasionally until carrots and garlic soften. About 6 mins.
Add the tomatoes
Add lentils and 4 cups of water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, partially cover, and simmer until lentils are tender. About 25 mins. Salt and pepper to taste. (Optional)
I added some hot sauce and a pinch of cayenne pepper. I like it spicy and I felt it needed something.
Let stand. Serve.