Small Recipes...Lentil Stew

I had to try this recipe for a lentil soup using a hamburger mix recipe that was in “Betty Crocker Cooking for One".  Since I can or freeze my own hamburger mix, I used mine…the recipe for the mix was very similar.   We like tomatoes with hamburger, and although the mix uses tomato, I had a half pint of canned tomatoes in the freezer, so I substituted them for a cup of the water called for.  I also made it a little larger so I could serve two.  I do use red lentils that I keep in my pantry, which cook more quickly than the regular brown ones.  I keep diced celery and cooked mushrooms in the freezer too; so it didn’t take long to prep this recipe.
My husband thought that this was a “keeper”.   I was happy to have another good recipe to add to my “hamburger mix” repertoire.               

                               Lentil Stew
  1             cup  Canned tomatoes -- cut up
     1/2      cup  water
     1/4      cup  lentils -- uncooked
  1             tablespoon  parsley -- or 1 tsp. Italian seasoning
     3/4      cup  hamburger mix - half pint jar
  1             small  carrot -- sliced
  1             small stalk  celery -- sliced
  2             tablespoons  sliced mushroom
                 dash  salt

Heat tomatoes, water, lentils and parsley (or Italian seasoning) to boiling in 1 quart saucepan.
Reduce heat, cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, 20 minutes (10 minutes for red lentils).
Stir in remaining ingredients.  Heat to boiling.
Reduce heat; cover and simmer until vegetables and lentils are tender, 15-20 minutes.


  1. I'm making clean out the fridge soup right now. I don't think I've had lentil only soup before.

  2. We like lentil stew/soup but I don't put any meat in. I often come to see what you're cooking but haven't commented. Your blog is so bright and colourful it's a joy to come and visit.

    1. Glad to see you're enjoying the blog...I usually use the recipes in the comment above yours...both can be non-meat.


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