Thursday, November 29, 2012

Family Favorite Lentil Soup

Despite my lack of photographic skills, this soup is full of beautiful colors
Orange Carrots, Red tomatoes, Green Spinach - lovely to look at.
I created this Lentil Soup recipe more than 20 years ago. It has been a long standing family favorite with children and adults alike. Some of the kids who grew up eating it are now making it for their own kids.

It's simple to make, ultra-cheap, and packs in a huge amount of nutrition. And, kids in the family who dislike many of the ingredients love the soup! Go Figure!

My Lentil Soup
Doubles well, but needs very large pot

There are about 20 kinds of Lentils! This recipe uses the standard
Grocery Store lentil - sometimes called "Green Lentils" despite
the Brown color.
1 (12oz) bag mirepoix mix OR 1/2 c diced onion, 1/2 c sliced celery, 1/2 cup sliced carrots
1 spoon garlic (about 3 cloves)
2 1/2 cups sorted and  rinsed lentils (1 1# bag)
1 (14 oz) can diced tomatoes
1 package (10 to 12oz) frozen chopped spinach
Water to cover, plus some (to equal 4 quarts total soup)
1 tsp dry mustard*
1 tsp dry ginger (or fresh)*
1/2 T salt
Boil 45 minutes, till lentils are tender
OR, cook in slow cooker on high for 2 1/2 to 3 hours.

Freezes very well. This is a great recipe to double and freeze half for later.

Serving Ideas:
Serve in a Bowl with Crusty Bread and a Salad on the side. A few olives provide a nice contrast.
Serve Greek Style: Puree soup with an immersion blender, and serve with red wine vinegar
Dollar-Stretcher: Serve over Spaghetti or other pasta- offer toppings like chopped onions, tomatoes, olives, etc. This is a great variation for the second batch.
For Omnivores: May be served with shredded cheddar.

*In place of mustard & ginger, a seasoning like Mrs. Dash may be used


  1. It looks really beautiful! ♥ I've been getting orange lentils at Trader Joe's, which cook to be a dull orange, still pretty, though.

    1. Thank you!

      For your orange lentils, I have a couple of great recipes coming! Also, the previously posted Twin Indian Recipes use Orange Lentils (also called Red Lentils or Masoor Dal). I think they're BEAUTIFUL!

      Each type of lentil has its own character - rather like each kind of meat or veggie does - so substituting them in one for another sometimes makes a completely different recipe.

  2. This looks doable, thanks for sharing! We will give it a try :)


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