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8 servings
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
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Lentil Soup

A rich, hearty filling soup that is great for lunch or before the main meal.



  1. Sort and rinse lentils, set aside they do not need to soak like other dried beans.
  2. In stockpot lightly saute or "sweat" the carrots, onions, and celery in olive or canola oil. Add garlic; pour in about 8 cups of water with the boullion cubes (or 8 cups chicken broth or stock; add more or less boullion cubes for preferred chicken flavor).
  3. Add lentils, and seasonings bring to a boil, and then simmer for about 30 minutes until lentils and vegetables are tender.
  4. Remove bay leaf, season with additional salt and pepper if desired. (I don't add any additional salt, as the boullion or stock has enough of it's own. )
  5. Note: My husband who told me he was going to hate this soup, really liked it in fact and ate 3 bowlfuls the first time I made it. The next time I make it I am going to fry up a little turkey bacon and add to it, just to make it a little smoky. Or I suppose you could add a little ground cumin if you like the smoky flavor.
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This is great for the abs diet it has the beans which are excellent, also low in fat. I would not use so many boullions though...
07 Mar 07 by member: tryin
a good vegetarian soup
09 Jun 08 by member: drmcdougaller
i made this w vege broth-not boullion. Yum!
06 Oct 09 by member: cklein4
found this soup very filling, and very tasty
23 Nov 09 by member: happy hoppy
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Nutrition summary:

There are 207 calories in 1 serving of Lentil Soup.
Calorie break-down: 11% fat, 64% carbs, 26% protein.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 1 serving
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 22
Calories 207
% Daily Values*
Total Fat 2.46g 4%
  Saturated Fat 0.377g 2%
  Polyunsaturated Fat 0.528g  
  Monounsaturated Fat 1.406g  
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 893mg 37%
Potassium 577mg  
Total Carbohydrate 33.26g 11%
  Dietary Fiber 15.5g 62%
  Sugars 2.5g  
Protein 13.32g  
Vitamin A 424% Vitamin C 60%
Calcium 44% Iron 173%
of RDI*
(207 calories)
10% of RDI
Calorie Breakdown:
Carbohydrate (63%)
Fat (11%)
Protein (26%)
* Based on a RDI of 2000 calories

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