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Healthy and Budget Friendly Lentil Soup

Updated on June 16, 2020

Ingreditents

2.5 cups dry lentils

8 cups water

1 small yellow onion

5 cloves garlic

1 can (14.5 oz) of diced tomatoes

1 Tbsp salt

2 Bay leaves

Optional: 3 Idaho potatoes

Preparation

Clean the lentils. You need to spread them out on a flat surface and slowly sort them into a big container, picking out small rocks, sticks, and random legumes as you go. Afterwards wash them in a colander with cold water. The lentils will swell to around four cups as they absorb some water but this is fine.

Mince the onion and garlic and sautee with olive oil in a big stock pot for two to three minutes until the onion begins to turn translucent.

Add the tomatoes and sautee for two more minutes to release the flavor off the tomatoes. I personaly use "basil, garlic, and oregano" tomatoes but any diced tomatoes will do.

Add the remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Lower to a simmer and cook until done. You will know that they are done when the individual lentils begin to break apart.

If you'd like to add potatoes you may do so at this point. Peel, cube and fast boil 3 Idaho potatoes until they are soft but DO NOT over boil them to the point that they begin to fall apart. Add to the lentil soup and simmer for ten more minutes. Remove the bay leaves and serve. Enjoy!

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      sunnymarie 

      10 years ago

      Sounds great! Thanks for sharing.

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      Rebecca 

      14 years ago

      Your recipe was very well explained, it was very easy to follow your directions and my soup turned out delicious. I had to make it since I was already drewlling by watching the last picture. Thanks for sharing such a confort food recipe.

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      Robin Edmondson 

      14 years ago from San Francisco

      I'll have to make this, it looks great! Thanks for the recipe!

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      IĆ°unn 

      14 years ago

      it looks fantastic~

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      The lentil maker's wife 

      14 years ago

      I ate this particular batch of soup and it was fantastic...the kind you can eat for days and not get sick of!

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      Jason Menayan 

      14 years ago from San Francisco

      YUM! I love lentil soup but usually buy it canned (usually bland) or at restaurants (expensive). Thanks for a great, simple recipe!

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