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Beef and Lentil Soup Inspired by Giada

Yesterday was day 1 of cooking with my cookbooks.  The recipe I based this Beef and Lentil Soup recipe on was Giada's Beef and Lentil Soup recipe.  It is actually the first recipe in her Giada's Family Dinners Cookbook. 

 I think I found about half of my recipes for this month from this book.  I had to actually stop myself, so that I could use some of my other books.  This book has a lot of amazing recipes.  If you're looking for a new cookbook, I definitely recommend it!

I of course used it as a guide and added some of my own ingredients. This stew was so pretty as it was cooking, with the red tomatoes and the rosemary.
Ingredients
(2) 32 oz. containers beef broth (preferably low-sodium)
2 cups milk
1/2 cup red wine

2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
1 1/2 pounds beef stew meat
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
8 oz. mushrooms, sliced
1 onion, chopped
5 garlic cloves, pressed or minced
3/4 tsp. dried rosemary
1 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
(1) 28 oz. can of diced tomatoes in juice
2 cups lentils, rinsed

Directions
Brown the stew meat on all sides in a large, heavy stockpot. 
 When done browning, remove from pan and  place in a bowl
Use the same pot to cook the onions, carrots, mushrooms and garlic.  Cook until the onions are translucent. Add the stew meat back in.  
 Add the rosemary and oregano and stir.
Add the beef broth, red wine, milk and tomatoes.  Bring to a boil over medium-high heat.  Reduce heat to medium-low and cover.  Cook for about an hour.
Add the lentils and cook over medium-low heat for another 40 minutes or until lentils are tender.

We ate ours with cheddar-garlic biscuits.  Logan needed some time with mommy last night, so we decided to make biscuits together.  Funny story~~  I don't know why my kids always want to try the flour when it's plain, but they do.  Logan had some in his mouth and breathed out and there was a whole cloud of white that came out.  It was pretty funny.  The biscuits were a huge mess.  I usually make drop biscuits because the other way seems so hard and tedious.  My thoughts were confirmed last night as we tried to roll out the dough and make circles!  Yes, I will always only make drop biscuits from now on!  Especially if I do them with my kids.

I love Giada's stuff.  Who is your favorite cookbook author?

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