George's Famous Lentil Soup

2 cups		green lentils (washed but not soaked)
15 cups 	water (cold)
1 - 2 tblspns	tomato paste (or use 3 - 4 peeled tomatoes)
2 - 3 		onions (peeled and chopped)
10 or so	bay leaves (dried is fine)
1 - 2 tblspns	olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

Throw everything into a large pot.
Bring to boil.
Reduce heat to  a light boil / heavy simmer
Stir frequently.
Adjust flavour by adding more salt and pepper or other ingredients
(not lentils).
Add more water if necessary.
When lentils are cooked and soup is at desired thickness
(about 1 1/2 hours) serve.

Alternatively, soak lentils in the water for a while, then add all other
ingredients and proceed as above.