Prep time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
1 tablespoon olive oil, plus more for serving
1 medium onion, finely chopped (about 1 cup)
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 cup lentils, picked over and rinsed
1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes, in juice
2 bunches (about 1 1/2 pounds total) Swiss chard, stalks cut crosswise into 1-inch pieces, leaves torn into 2-inches pieces (keep stalks and leaves separate).
Coarse salt and ground pepper
Juice of 1/2 lemon
Bread, for serving (optional)
1. In a large saucepan with a lid, heat oil over medium-high. Add onion and cook, stirring, until softened and browned, 3 to 5 minutes. Add tomato paste, oregano, and thyme; stir to combine.
2. Add lentils, 5 cups of water, and tomatoes with their juice; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, partially covered, 20 minutes. Add chard stalks and cook until beginning to soften, about 5 minutes. Add chard leaves; season with salt and pepper, and cook until lentils and chard are tender, 15 to 20 minutes.
3. Stir in lemon juice; ladle soup into bowls. Drizzle with olive oil, and serve with bread, if desired.
(Source: Martha Stewart)