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Lentil Soup Recipe

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Lentil soup
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Lentil soup is loaded with protein and can easily suffice as a meal along with a salad, and perhaps some whole-grain bread. This hearty, heart-warming soup has few ingredients and is quite simple to make. You can leave it unblended and chunky, blend half, or blend it all -- whatever suits your personal taste.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 2 hours, 20 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours, 25 minutes

Yield: 6 servings


  • Ham or bacon pieces to taste
  • 2-1/2 cups or 1 (16-ounce) package dried lentils
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup grated carrots
  • 4 Tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Salt and white pepper to taste


In a large soup pot over medium-high heat, combine ham or bacon pieces, lentils, and chicken broth; bring just to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer 1 to 1-1/2 hours or until lentils are soft.

Remove 2 cups of cooked lentils and place into food processor or blender bowl; let cool 5 minutes (if you do not let cool slightly before processing, mixture will explode out of container and make a mess in your kitchen). After cooling, whirl until pureed. Stir pureed lentils into soup mixture.

In a medium frying pan over medium-high heat, saute onion and carrots in butter or margarine until limp, but do not brown; add to lentils. Add thyme, nutmeg, salt, and white pepper. Simmer another 30 minutes. Remove from heat and serve in soup bowls.

Yield: 6 servings

Source: What's Cooking America by Linda Stradley and Andra Cook (Falcon Pub)
Reprinted with permission.
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 5 out of 5
, Member tenofclubs

This recipe did not specify what colour the lentils should be. They are so many different colours, red, yellow, brown, green etc. I make a lentil soup with red lentils and they disintegrate when cooked. Please advise. Would love to make this soup.

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