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Lentil Soup

Lentil Soup hearty and delicious!

Lentil Soup hearty and delicious!

Its cold outside and in the winter I really love to have a hot bowl of soup. I love lentils, they are nutritious, loaded with protein, fiber and vitamins, one of natures perfect foods. They are also so easy to make. I usually make the whole package, 2 cups dry lentils and this yields a big pot of soup, for me this is multiple meals and it freezes nicely. I divide into portions, stick them in the freezer. I like to add lots of vegetables, onion, celery, carrot, garlic and parsley.  It is a healthful delicious meal as is, but I really love adding kielbasa to my lentil soup there is something about the smoky sausage that adds so much flavor. You don’t have to, this is optional of course. I’m sure all of you have your go to lentil soup recipe, this is mine. I sometimes add kale or spinach to the pot at the end of cooking time.

Ingredients:

2 cups lentils washed and sorted

1 small onion chopped

1 large stalk celery

1 medium size carrot cleaned peeled and chopped

1/2 cup flat leaf parsley chopped

2 cloves garlic chopped

6-8 cups chicken, beef, vegetable stock or water

1/2 lb smoked kielbasa sausage (Optional)

salt and pepper to taste

handfull of Spinach or Kale

Coat the bottom of your pot or dutch oven with olive oil (not too much), heat on medium high and add the onion, garlic, celery and carrot, saute stirring frequently until the vegetables start of soften, add the  parsley.  Heat the stock if you are using stock. Now add the cleaned lentils, give it a stir and add hot stock or hot water. Cover, bring to a boil and reduce heat to medium low. Let cook stirring occasionally for approximately 1 hour or until lentils are softened and cooked through. Watch it carefully, if you think it’s too thick add more water or stock to thin. I threw in some spinach after it was cooked the heat of the soup wilts the spinach. NOTE: If adding Kale you will need to continue cooking for 5 minutes or a little longer. Spinach wilts instantly but Kale is a bit tougher and requires a small amount of cooking time.

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  1. I love lentil soup too. I just cooked up a bunch of lentil yesterday to have in the frig to add to things – so in truth I love lentils in most anything. Love your recipe – nice and simple, and so satisfying. BTW, I made you yellow cake last night and it is TO. DIE. FOR. Best cake I think I’ve ever made. Thanks!!!

    January 4, 2013
    • I love lentils too, It is just such an easy satisfying meal. Thank you so much and thank you for trying my yellow cake. I am so happy it worked out for you and your grandson.

      January 4, 2013
      • It worked out for everyone – we all had about three pieces each!!

        January 6, 2013
      • It makes me so happy to hear that, thank you so much. It’s such a great feeling when you get positive feedback on a recipe Thank you!

        January 6, 2013
  2. I love lentil soup – one of my favourites and yours looks really delicious and the bonus is, as you say, lentils are so packed full of nutrients. I like the idea of adding kielbasa; I usually add smokey bacon but the sausage would easily replace this.

    January 4, 2013
    • Thanks yes the added bonus is the nutrients, it fills you and that full feeling lasts a long time. I love using kielbasa in the soup and I would love to try bacon also.

      January 4, 2013
  3. I have been experimenting with warm winter soups too. I have made a lighter cream of broccoli soup and split pea soup. Nothing better than a warm soup in the winter 🙂 I will have to try your recipe.

    January 4, 2013
    • Would love to see your recipes for the broccoli and split pea soup, are they on your blog yet?? Thanks so much.

      January 4, 2013
  4. It is now soup season in our house and it will be nice to try a new soup, love the idea of adding smoked kielbasa sausage.

    January 4, 2013
    • I love trying new soups, it’s a staple all winter long here. Thank you so much.

      January 4, 2013
  5. I love lentils. This looks like a great soup!

    January 4, 2013
    • Me too! Thank you so much. It’s absolutely simple and straightforward and tastes great.

      January 4, 2013
  6. I don’t have a go to recipe, in fact I’ve never made lentils in soup before. This recipe sounds like a great place to start. I love the addition of kielbasa too…yum! It’s been very cold and windy here, so this is perfect!! Have a great weekend!

    January 4, 2013
    • It is a great soup, I think you would like it. The kielbasa is what sets this apart from traditional lentil soup. Perfect for cold weather. Thanks so much. Hope all is well, how are you???

      January 4, 2013
      • I am well. I didn’t have internet for a couple weeks and then the holidays were crazy, so I hope to be back blogging soon. I’ve been lazy and sleeping in on these cold days 😉

        January 4, 2013
  7. Filling and hearty!

    January 4, 2013
  8. petit4chocolatier #

    I have to tell you that I clicked to enlarge and fell in love with this soup and your bowl!! Definitely delicious and appetizing! I absolutely love all the ingredients and the optional addition of smoked kielbasa sausage! Perfect 🙂

    January 5, 2013
    • Thanks so much, the soup is delicious and thank you for liking my bowl, I bought a set of the the chocolat menier collection and love it. As for the soup, it’s basic, simple lentil soup.I love how quickly it comes together and it’s really a meal in a bowl.

      January 5, 2013
  9. Lentil soup. Yummy! It’s going to be rainy tomorrow and my sister is moving to Italy for the next year. This cozy soup will be just the thing for a beautifully dreary day and my tender heart. Thanks for sharing!

    January 7, 2013
  10. Mmm, lentils are so delicious and packed with protein – I could eat them everyday. Your soup looks divine, simple and tasty. I would definitely throw in the greens, too – lovely suggestion. It’s pouring rain out so I’m craving a bowl now.

    January 8, 2013
    • Thank you so much, I love lentils also, I make them as soup or with rice and yes greens at least for me are essential.

      January 8, 2013
  11. Dang, I missed this post! I love lentil soup Suzanne, I have some recipes too that are staples. I eat lentils weekly are your soup looks like its bursting with flavor. I love the addition of celery…never done that to mine. Great idea! Need to try that ASAP!

    January 11, 2013
    • Thank you, yes lentils are a staple especially in the winter. The carrots, celery and onion really do add so much flavor. Thank you.

      January 11, 2013
  12. What a great recipe redux, Susan! I’ve been wishing lately you’d do something marvelous like this and post some of your older recipes! There are so many wonderful things to cook on your website i never get as far back as i intend because i inevitably have all the ingredients for one of your recipes and rush off to make it before digging too deep. Oh, and btw I make a lentil soup that is almost exactly like this one and yields the same volume in my standard crock pot. 4 hours on high, or 8 hours on low. For a more tender “stewy” texture like this recipe (drool) you might want to soak the lentils a bit first.

    January 11, 2013
    • Thank you Harlan, I really appreciate your kind words. Lentil soup is wonderful and have never tried making in a slow cooker, what a great idea, no need to stir or babysit the pot. Thank you again.

      January 13, 2013
  13. Its cold outside and in the winter I really love to have a hot bowl of soup. I love lentils, they are nutritious, loaded with protein, fiber and vitamins, one of natures perfect foods. They are also so easy to make. I usually make the whole package, 2 cups dry lentils and this yields a big pot of soup, for me this is multiple meals and it freezes nicely. I divide into portions, stick them in the freezer. I like to add lots of vegetables, onion, celery, carrot, garlic and parsley. It is a healthful delicious meal as is, but I really love adding kielbasa to my lentil soup there is something about the smoky sausage that adds so much flavor. You don’t have to, this is optional of course. I’m sure all of you have your go to lentil soup recipe, this is mine. I sometimes add kale or spinach to the pot at the end of cooking time.

    January 17, 2013
  14. This soup is delicious. I couldn’t get chards, so I put in 1 lb of spinach (what we call ‘wild spinach’ here in the Netherlands, the leaves are much thicker and bigger than those of ‘normal’ spinach). Also, to the puréed version, I added pinyons and parsley and a slice of lemon instead of lemon juice. My guest loved it, too!

    January 19, 2013
    • So happy to hear that you liked it and I think Spinach is wonderful in the soup. Thank you so much for trying it.

      January 19, 2013
  15. What a great recipe redux, Susan! I’ve been wishing lately you’d do something marvelous like this and post some of your older recipes! There are so many wonderful things to cook on your website i never get as far back as i intend because i inevitably have all the ingredients for one of your recipes and rush off to make it before digging too deep. Oh, and btw I make a lentil soup that is almost exactly like this one and yields the same volume in my standard crock pot. 4 hours on high, or 8 hours on low. For a more tender “stewy” texture like this recipe (drool) you might want to soak the lentils a bit first.

    January 23, 2013

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