I made this stew Sunday night to have for lunches at work this week. This is my new favorite veggie soup. I used vegetable broth in place of water and as another reviewer suggested, added the tomato juice from the can of tomatoes when I added the other liquid. I omitted the parmesan. I usually just sort of throw stuff together when making soup, from now on I will be making this one!
The lentils in this recipe never cooked. 4 hours later, and my lentils are still completely raw. All the vegetables have turned to smoosh. Cook lentils separate and add them in, otherwise you get little rocks and a bunch of wasted ingredients. I am incredibly frustrated. I've never had lentils just not cook before.
I surprised my wife with this, who's very picky... She loved it (without the parmesan cheese)... Flawless Victory! and Thank you!!