Lentil Spread

1 tbsp. plus ½ cup Kowalski's Extra Virgin Olive Oil, divided
1 cup Kowalski's Mirepoix
½ oz. fresh thyme, stemmed and roughly chopped
½ oz. fresh rosemary, stemmed and roughly chopped
1 bay leaf
1 cup green or brown lentils
½ cup dry white wine
4 cups low-sodium chicken broth, divided, approx.
¼ cup roasted garlic cloves
2 tbsp. fresh squeezed lemon juice
- kosher salt and Kowalski's Coarse Ground Black Pepper, to taste

Heat 1 tbsp. oil in a large saucepan over medium heat; add mirepoix and herbs. Cook until vegetables are soft (about 5 min.). Add lentils; cook and stir for 2 min. Add wine; cook until almost evaporated (4-5 min.). Pour in enough broth to cover lentils by 1"; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer until lentils are tender (about 60 min.), adding more broth or water a bit at a time as needed to keep lentils barely submerged. Cool slightly; discard bay leaf. Purée lentil mixture with garlic cloves in a food processor; with processor running, drizzle in remaining oil through pour spout. Stir in juice; season with salt and pepper.

Note: Red or yellow lentils will work, too, but will require less cooking liquid and less cooking time.