When I taught a few cooking classes in my home to a friend and her daughter, this turned out to be their family's favourite and they make this soup all the time! Try it tonight and you won't be disappointed!!
- Put all the ingredients except for the vinegar, salt and pepper, in a large heavy-bottomed pot. Bring to a boil over medium heat, then lower the heat to medium-low or low and simmer for 1 1/2 hrs, stirring occasionally to prevent the lentils sticking to the bottom of the pot.
- Remove the bay leaves and add the red wine vinegar, salt and pepper. If the soup is too thick for your liking, thin it with a little extra vegetable stock or water.