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Making Lentil Soup for Tomorrow

My recipe for lentil soup has been a favorite in our family for more than 40 years. I am sure it is a lot older than that because it was my mother-in-law Vickie who gave me the recipe 45 years ago. It is simple and delicious and vegetarian. My son Steve and I were just talking about it yesterday. Could we add sausage to it? Yes we agree there are probably several varieties that would be good but we are hesitant to change the recipe in anyway because we all love it so much. Do you have family recipes like that which are just too perfect to change?

Lentil Soup

1 bag lentils rinsed

! rib celery plus leaves chopped

1 medium onion chopped

1 large carrot grated

double shot of good olive oil

garlic powder to taste

1 cup tubettini

Put the lentils, carrots, celery, onion in dutch oven and fill with water. Boil for 90 minutes. Add garlic and olive oil. In 15 minutes add the tubettini. Cook til pasta is tender. Taste and adjust garlic.

That's it. Very simple and very tasty. Serve with crusty bread of your choice.

Image Credit » NONEMy image of good olive oil

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LilyDay wrote on January 16, 2015, 2:11 PM

I don't generally follow recipes, and there really aren't any family recipes I would want to follow. My mother's cooking has always depended heavily on things that come out of cans, and she seems oblivious to the importance of spices.

I do use lentils frequently in my cooking. Actually, last evening, I made a lentil and bulgur dish that turned out even better than I'd hoped.

Dawnwriter wrote on January 16, 2015, 2:13 PM

How strange, My husband was asking for lentil soup just this evening but I usually make it with lentils and chicken stock

Magnolia wrote on January 16, 2015, 3:23 PM

I have never had this, sounds wonderful! Enjoy!

Elfbwillow wrote on January 16, 2015, 3:37 PM

Not really one I would enjoy though hope you enjoy it :)

zabelle51 wrote on January 16, 2015, 8:17 PM

That sounds really delicious. I have never used lentils in anything other than this soup. :)

zabelle51 wrote on January 16, 2015, 8:18 PM

I don't know why my mother in law always made this soup with water but I am sure the chicken stock adds a very nice flavor. :)

zabelle51 wrote on January 16, 2015, 8:19 PM

Thank you I am looking forward to eating it tomorrow. We had homemade yellow pea soup tonight again. :)

zabelle51 wrote on January 16, 2015, 8:20 PM

We will I am sure. I know that some people don't care for lentils, I just love them and even the grand kids like this soup :)

Koalemos wrote on January 17, 2015, 6:09 AM

I have always considered it to not worth the effort to make soup, although I have ne doubts that it tastes far better than the usual tinned variety.

seren3 wrote on January 18, 2015, 3:14 PM

Oh yummy yummy! I love lentils though I can't digest them. I have learned to sprout them, and then put the sprouts in the soup. Like your version better though!

PegCole17 wrote on January 30, 2015, 12:07 PM

Must be the kind of winter day to make soup as I just started a batch using my frozen turkey leftovers. Your recipe sounds really good and I like that you use the leaves from the celery as well as the stalk. I have some dried lentils and hope to try your recipe soon.

zabelle51 wrote on February 9, 2015, 8:50 AM

This one is so little effort and makes enough to served you many times, it freezes up well too. :)

zabelle51 wrote on February 9, 2015, 8:51 AM

I realize that lentils like all legumes can be extremely hard to digest. Results are might delicious though. :)

zabelle51 wrote on February 9, 2015, 8:52 AM

Let me know how you like it, it is very simple really and the garlic and the olive oil are really the seasoning. :)