2 Tbsp. Olive Oil
1 1/2 pounds boneless beef chuck, cut into 1 -inch cubes
salt and freshly ground black pepper
3 large celery stalks, chopped
2 large carrots, peeled and chopped
1 large onion, chopped
6 garlic cloves, chopped
1 1/2 tsp chopped fresh rosemary leaves
1 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
6 (14 ounce) cans beef broth
1 (28 ounce can diced tomatoes in juice
2 cups (about 11 ounces) lentils, rinsed
1/3 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley leaves
Heat oil in heavy large pot over medium-high heat. Sprinkle the beef with salt and pepper. Add half of the beef and cook until brown, about 8 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the beef to a bowl. Repeat with the remaining beef. Add the celery, carrots, onion, garlic, rosemary, and oregano to the pot. Saute until the onions are translucent, about 8 minutes. Return the beef, and any accumulated juices from the bowl, to the pot. Add the broth and tomatoes with their juice. Bring the soup to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and simmer until the meat is just tender, stirring occasionally, about 1 hour. Add the lentils. Cover and continue simmering until the lentils are tender, about 40 minutes. Stir in the parsley. Season the soup, to taste, with salt and pepper. Ladle the soup into bowls and serve.
**I have made this recipe in a crock pot before and it turned out great. I followed the instructions for browning the beef and added the veggies and spices. Cooked on high for about an hour then added the lentils. In my experience, it takes longer for the lentils to cook, so allow plenty of time. I use about 1 1/2 cups lentils. I also omitted the celery and used dried spices. It makes quite a bit and freezes well.