Tomato Lentil Soup

Here’s a delicious meatless soup that has plenty of flavor.  We like red lentils that we buy from a health food store bulk bin – they taste good, look good and cook in less time than brown lentils.  Neither type of lentil needs presoaking like beans.  I used home canned chicken broth, but vegetable stock would be just as good.   We like it with hot, buttered skillet cornbread and sorghum or molasses for a country treat.                    
Tomato Lentil Soup
  1       tablespoon  olive oil
  1       cup  onion -- finely chopped (1 large)
  1       stalk  celery -- 1/2" pieces
  2       teaspoons  garlic -- finely chopped
  1       cup  carrots -- 1/2" pieces (2 medium)
  1       cup  dried lentils -- 8 ounces
  4       cups  water or home made chicken broth
   1       teaspoon  thyme
    1/4  teaspoon  pepper
  1       each  bay leaf
  28     ounces  canned tomatoes -- diced, drained  (I didn't drain mine)
In 3 quart saucepan, heat oil over medium-high heat.  Add onion, celery and garlic, cook about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until softened.
Stir in remaining ingredients except tomatoes.  Heat to boiling, reduce heat.  Cover and simmer 20 minutes.  **If using red lentils, simmer 10 minutes instead of 20 minutes.
Stir in tomatoes; reduce heat.  Simmer uncovered about 15 minutes more until heated through. Remove bay leaf.
6 servings about 1 ½ cups each.  $2.16 or 36¢ per serving.
  "Betty Crocker Soups and Breads”
Per Serving: 177 Calories; 3g Fat (13.6% calories from fat); 11g Protein; 30g Carbohydrate; 13g Dietary Fiber; 0mg Cholesterol; 219mg Sodium.  Exchanges: 1 Grain(Starch); 1 Lean Meat; 2 Vegetable; 1/2 Fat.

3 comments:

  1. Steve and I are closer to going vegetarian, Sue, but haven't gotten there yet...still include a lot of chicken recipes in our diet.

    This lentil soup sounds like good home cooking; basic ingredients, not a lot of fuss, and not spendy to prepare.

    Another winner!

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  2. Sounds yummy! I made a lentil soup a few years ago that was good. I try too many new recipes & sometimes forget about things I've tried that were good, especially if hubby wasn't too excited about it. Happy Weekend!

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    1. This is probably our favorite lentil soup...always tasty.

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