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Lentil Soup Recipes


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October 28, 2009

Lentil SoupI love lentil soup! Here's the one I came up with from trying various recipes. I call it Greek Lentil Soup because some of the ingredients are those that my Papa would have used :-)

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Directions:

Place lentils in a large saucepan, cover with 1 inch of water. Place over medium-high heat, bring to a boil and cook for 10 minutes. Drain lentils into a colander. Pour olive oil in to the large saucepan and place over medium heat. Add garlic and onion and cook while stirring until the onion has softened, about 5 minutes.

Pour in lentils, 1 quart water, oregano, rosemary, and bay leaves. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to medium low.

Cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Stir in tomato paste and season to taste with salt and pepper. Cover and simmer until the lentils have softened, about 30 to 40 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add an additional amount of water during cooking if desired.

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By Deeli from Richland, WA

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March 1, 2011

This is originally from Grit Magazine. I tinkered around with it to make it suit my tastes. It is my favorite lentil soup, hearty, full of vegetables, and exotic spices. Lentils taste real good, are very nutritious, and cook up quickly.

A bowl of Moroccan Lentil Soup

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December 22, 2011
My grandmother lived to a ripe old age of 99. She was brought up in the Pennsylvania Dutch area. Being frugal, she taught me this unusual way to make this lentil soup.
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It reminds me of the classic children's story "The Stone Soup".
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January 21, 2009

This is something I invented while writing an article in my Zine about cooking 5 meals, 4 people for $10! This is one of the recipes that I made from this and my hubby LOVES it even though he doesn't like lentils normally. A definite hit with anyone who has had it.

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Bronze Post Medal for All Time! 231 Posts
November 19, 2008

In a large saucepan, saute carrots and onion in oil until tender. Add the water, salsa, lentils, and salt.

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Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 50-60 minutes or until lentils are tender.

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Silver Post Medal for All Time! 361 Posts
March 12, 2008

A hearty, lentil vegetable soup flavored with bacon to enjoy in about an hour.

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June 18, 2007

In 6 qt. cooker, add above ingredients. Cover with 8-10 cups of water. Cook on low heat for 5-6 hours. Remove meat from bones and stir back into soup.

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February 16, 2021

A healthy soup that freezes well and is just perfect for the cold weather we have been having. I made mine in my Instant Pot.

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It can also be simmered on the stovetop for at least an hour or made in a crockpot for 4-6 hours on high.

A bowl of Lentil Soup

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Diamond Post Medal for All Time! 5,887 Posts
November 22, 2011

Good meatless meal!

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September 26, 2011

Good vegetables and tomato juice in this soup.

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Gold Post Medal for All Time! 846 Posts
April 28, 2010

Even in the Spring and Summer I love soup and a slow cooker is the way to go to keep the kitchen cooled down.

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Bronze Post Medal for All Time! 231 Posts
November 19, 2009

Very healthy. Wash lentils and place in large pot with water and tomato sauce. Bring to boil; lower heat and simmer as you continue preparations.

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Remove casing from sausage; saute, breaking up with spoon.

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August 1, 2008

Place lentils in large saucepan; add water to cover and let stand overnight. Drain, reserving liquid. Add water to liquid to make 6 cups. Heat salt pork in a skillet; add onions and garlic and saute' until onions are tender but not browned.

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April 17, 2010

We are trying to increase our fiber intake and would love easy recipes using lentils in soup.
Thank you all in advance.

By Barbara from Boerne, TX

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April 17, 20100 found this helpful

I was at a conference last summer. They made spaghetti using lentils instead of meat. It was really good and much healthier.

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June 21, 2005

As I was walking down the aisle of the grocery store, perusing the canned lentil soup's sodium percentages, I began grumbling mentally. Why is it that the high sodium soup in the can tastes better than mine?



I went home and while making the soup, realized that my soup has a green scent. By this I mean too raw. Kind of like the fresh green scent you get from being around dried sacks of vegetarian green pet food. Newly mown grass. Don't know how to explain it better than that.

Any suggestions? Should something be pre-sauteed and then added to the soup pot to improve the flavor? In the past I sauteed onions and added them to the soup, but it didn't make much of a difference.

I wash the lentils, put them in water and boil until done. I add some Vegemite in the beginning and toward the end of cooking, add carrots and a bit of celery. Serve with chopped up jalapeno, carrot and anything else I can think of, but the canned stuff still tastes better to me.

Thanks for your help!

Holly

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By Barb H. (Guest Post)
June 21, 20050 found this helpful

I use ham flavored soup base in my soup which you can find by the bouillon. Also a bay leaf or two and canned crushed tomatoes (added towards the end of cooking). Most delicious !

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June 21, 20050 found this helpful

Try adding 1/4 to 1/2 tsp sugar or artificial sweetener but not so much as to make it taste sweet. This should work with any green veggie that smells or tastes raw.

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June 22, 20050 found this helpful

When the soup is ready, take 3 - 4 cups of the soup and vegetables and puree in the blender, then return puree to the soup. This gives it a thicker, richer flavor.

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Silver Post Medal for All Time! 364 Posts
July 13, 20050 found this helpful

Thank you Joankay and Ettamae. These are excellent suggestions!

Holly

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January 8, 2009

Does anyone know the best kind of sausage to put in lentil soup? if so what brand etc.
Thanks.

Bridget from AZ

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December 6, 2010

Yesterday I had sausage and lentil soup at Carrabba's Italian restaurant. It was filling, not too greasy and absolutely wonderful. Anyone have the recipe or a similar recipe?

Thanks.

By Holly from Dallas, TX

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