This spicy red lentil soup is perfect to come in to on a cold winter day.
Add 3 garlic cloves, 2 tsp. ground cumin, 1/2 tsp. paprika, 1/2 - 1 tsp. cayenne pepper and cook for 1 minute.
Add 7 cups chicken broth, 1 1/2 cups dry red lentils (rinse first), 2 Tbsp. tomato paste, and the bay leaf.
Discard the bay leaf.