Drain and set aside.Put the oil in a large saucepan and place over medium heat.
When the oil is hot, add the vegetables and sauté until they are just soft, about 5 minutes.
Add the lentils and sauté for 5 minutes.
Add the broth. Bring to a simmer and cook, covered, over low heat for about 1 1⁄2 hours, until the lentils are soft.
Serve with crusty bread drizzled with extra-virgin olive oil.
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