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Countryside Lentil Soup

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1 Hr 5 Min

Hearty yet healthy, our stick-to-your-ribs, Tuscan-inspired recipe for Countryside Lentil soup is pure comfort in a bowl! Put out a basket of crusty whole grain bread, and this one rounds out perfectly as a main dish meal.

What You'll Need:
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 cups water
  • 5 cups chicken broth
  • 1 (12-ounce) package dried lentils, washed and drained
  • 3 carrots, finely chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
What To Do:
  1. In a soup pot over medium heat, heat oil; saute onion and garlic 3 minutes. Add remaining ingredients; bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
  2. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer 50 minutes, or until lentils are tender. Discard bay leaf before serving.


  • For a heartier soup, add about 1 cup chopped smoked ham or leftover cooked beef. 
  • If you enjoy the comfort and taste of soup as much as we do, you're gonna want to check out a bunch more of our sensational soup recipes!

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Oops...........made a typo error with the add ins should be 1/4 cup of soy sauce.

One of our favorite delicious and hearty! With "all" the add-ins it tastes just like an expensive bean soup from a local deli (but better using the lentils). Add ins 1-4 cup soy sauce, 3 Tbsp brown sugar, 2 Tbsp molasses, 2 tsp liquid smoke, diced ham, 15 oz can fire roasted tomatoes, few shakes of red pepper flakes. I slow cook everything on low for 6-8 hours until lentils are tender. Everyone that I've made this soup for has asked for the recipe. Try it this won't disappoint!

I have made this many times. The only thing I always add is nutmeg. This dish is wonderful on cold winter nights with crusty bread. It also is wonderful made in a crockpot. The crockpot gives this dish the time for the favors to incorporate.

This recipe sounds healthy and good a keeper.

Used a 49.5 oz can of chix broth rather than adding water to two cans of broth. A wonderful, tasty, inexpensive main dish meal for 6-8 servings. Entire cost is well under $5.00 for the 6 servings, including dinner roll or other bread. We love any type of main dish soup recipes and this one is quite good and great for several lunches the next few days.

This is similar to the lentil soup I make except I use beef cut in tiny chunks, beef broth and add celery and onions in addition to the carrots. I also sometimes add finely chopped mushrooms. Yum.

Yummy and healthy with a bonus of simple preparation! Cannot beat that combination. This is a keeper at my home! Thank you!!!!

This is a good recipe. Wonder if its TASTY!!!!!!!!!!

could I add flour to this recipe?


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