- Step 1
Wash lentils under running water. Drain well. Place in a large saucepan and cover with water. Bring to the boil on high heat. Drain, rinse and return lentils to same pan.
- Step 2
Cover with 8 cups of water and bring to the boil again on high. Add remaining ingredients, except parmesan. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Cover and simmer for 1 hr until the lentils are tender and the soup has thickened slightly.
- Step 3
Serve topped with grated parmesan and a few chopped celery leaves, if you like.