Hearty Lentil Soup

The head/chest cold that has been making the rounds hit our house and all I wanted was some good hearty soup.  I decided to make this one with some bone broth, but you could make with with vegetable or chicken broth.  The healing properties of soup always amaze me – I think it is more than just the physical ingredients that are put into the soup – a lot of it is the “magic” that the maker brings to the creation.  The other great thing about making a big pot of soup in the winter months is that I can store it in my foyer – which is just as cold as my refrigerator!!

Hearty Lentil Soup


1 Tbl olive oil
1 1/4 cup chopped onion
1 cup chopped celery
3/4 cup chopped carrot
3 cloves garlic, sliced
4 cups broth
1 cup water
1 – 28 oz. can crushed tomatoes – undrained
1 cup dried lentils
3/4 cup leftover brown rice
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
Sea salt and pepper to taste

1. Chop all your vegetables.

2. Heat the oil in a large, heavy bottom soup pot.

3. Add the onions, celery, carrots, and garlic and saute until soft.

4. Add the broth, water and tomatoes and bring to a boil.

5. Turn heat down and add the lentils, simmer for 35 minutes – stirring occasionally.

6. Add the rice and simmer for another 10 minutes – stirring occasionally.

7. Add the red pepper flakes, sea salt and pepper.

Serve with some good bread and feel the nourishment throughout!

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3 Responses to Hearty Lentil Soup

  1. Candace says:

    Yum! Love his lentil soup, though I’ve never put rice in it… good idea. Keep drinking that soup and get rid of that cold. : ) At least it won’t be quite as cold in Virginia!! : )

  2. Jo says:

    A picture tells a thousand words — looks delicious. xo

  3. Deborah says:

    Sounds yummy! One my favorite things about making a big pot of soup in the winter is how great the house smells!

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