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comforting lentil soup

★★★★★ 3
a recipe by
Shelia Senghas
Concan, TX

We love lentils at our house and eat them regularly. They are nutritious, and this dish is comfort food any time of year. I usually add Italian seasoning. However, for lunch today, I decided to mix it up, and I created a new and delicious lentil soup that my husband and I loved. The combination of ingredients I used meshed perfectly together and upped the flavors. I will be making this many times over.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

This lentil soup is surprisingly delicious. The lentils are tender once cooked. The soup has a subtle sweetness with a hint of cinnamon that enhances other flavors. Onions, celery, and carrots add freshness and texture. The final product is a thick and tasty bowl of soup. Serve with crusty bread for a comforting meal.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
★★★★★ 3
serves 6-8
prep time 10 Hr
cook time 1 Hr
method Stove Top

Ingredients For comforting lentil soup

  • 1 pkg
    lentils, dry (16 oz)
  • 6 c
    water, or beef or vegetable broth
  • 1/3 c
    chopped onion
  • 1/3 c
    chopped carrots
  • 1/3 c
    chopped celery
  • 1 tsp
    garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp
    salt, or to taste
  • 1 tsp
  • 1/2 tsp
    black pepper, or to taste
  • 3 Tbsp
    brown sugar
  • 1/3 c
  • 3 slice
    bacon, roughly chopped (optional)

How To Make comforting lentil soup

Test Kitchen Tips
If you want a thinner soup, add more broth or water. We fried the bacon and then added the veggies to cook them for a few minutes before adding the remaining ingredients.
  • Preparing ingredients.
    Prepare ingredients.
  • Cooking bacon.
    In a soup pot, cook bacon until done.
  • Add onions, celery, and carrots.
    Add onions, celery, and carrots. Cook along with the bacon for 3-4 minutes.
  • Remaining ingredients added to the pot.
    Add the remaining ingredients.
  • Cooking the lentils.
    Bring to a boil. Turn the temperature to medium and cook for 1 hour adding more liquid as needed. Remove pan from heat and serve.