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Outstanding Lentil Soup

Updated on October 27, 2016

Dry Lentils

Lentils have been consumed by humans from before the Neolithic time until now. These Legumes provide protein, and good calories for energy.
Lentils have been consumed by humans from before the Neolithic time until now. These Legumes provide protein, and good calories for energy. | Source

Red Lentils

Lentils come in several colors, but the most popular are the green, and red lentils. There is a slight variation in flavor.
Lentils come in several colors, but the most popular are the green, and red lentils. There is a slight variation in flavor. | Source

Types of Lentils

When it comes to Lentil soup, an individual's creativity allows for use of any variation of Lentils. It is important to know that each type of Lentil has a unique flavor that creates a variance in results with the ingredients suggested in this recipe. Personally, each type is outstanding in flavor that will satisfy most any person, regardless of age.

Lentils:

Red, Brown, Black, Green, Crimson, Yellow, White (outer skin is removed)

Some of these Lentils come in different sizes, and density. Some Lentils come from France, and others from Mexico, however, the legumes can also be grown locally if someone has a green thumb. Regardless of what type Lentils are chosen, the taste will be incredible, enjoyable, and full bodied. These legumes are wholesome, healthy, and should be a regular part of an individuals diet.

Only good can come from eating Lentils, regardless of how they are prepared, or utilized in individual dishes. The facts speak for themselves, that Lentils are healthy, nutritious, and tasty to eat. So, what's holding you back? Try it...you might like it!

Why Lentils?

Why eat Lentils? Lentils are Legumes that contain essential nutrients for energy, and good health, which includes protein, fiber, folate, thiamin, phosphorus, and iron. Naturally high in fiber, this legume can help protect the digestive system. Lentils also help to stabilize blood sugars, and provides minerals and antioxidants for good heart health.

With something so nutritious, how can one decide not to eat Lentils in some capacity? There may be some individuals who may not like the flavor, but there are a lot of spices that can be added to suite the individual. My husband likes his a little spicy, so he adds Mediterranean spice, or pepper of various types, or lemon pepper to his individual serving. I like mine a little milder, so I add just a little more salt, and maybe Dill, and Tarragon with a teaspoon of butter.

Active or not, there are advantages to preparing Lentil Soup, such as less business in the kitchen, less entertainers running through the house.


According to Project Open Hand, there are 5 good reasons to eat Lentils. Information can be found at www.openhand.org/2012/04/24/5-reasons-why-you-should-eat-lentils/.

There are approximately 13 different types of Lentils ranging in variations of color and size.

More information is available on EAT THIS (2009), at www.healthdiaries.com/eatthis/the-different-types-of-lentils.html

Ingredients

A few added ingredients can turn dry legumes into a very tasty dish!
A few added ingredients can turn dry legumes into a very tasty dish! | Source

Marilyn's Recipe

1 package of any type Lentils

1 package of pork Ramen Noodles (for the sauce packet) set aside noodles for other dishes.

1 small clove garlic-finely chopped

1/2 small onion-finely chopped

Smoked Ham-finely chopped (Add as much as you like, or just a little for flavor)

1 small carrot-finely chopped

2 teaspoons salt

1 dash pepper

2 tablespoons chicken soup base (powdered)

1 slice red bell pepper-finely chopped

1 teaspoon butter

Rinse Lentils to get any foreign materials washed off, place in a 4 quart sauce pan. Fill with water until about 1/2 inch above Lentils, boil over medium heat. More water can be added as the Lentils cook if necessary.

In a fry pan, heat 1 teaspoon of butter and add finely chopped items, onion, garlic, ham, and carrot, stirring until browned.

Add fry pan ingredients to Lentils, then add the dry ingredients, holding back the pork packet from the Ramen Noodles. Stir until well mixed. When the mixture starts boiling, add 1/2 of the pork powder from the packet and store the rest for later, using smaller amounts results in less sodium content.

Bring to a rolling boil, then reduce heat to a simmer for approximately 1-1/2 hours. If you prefer whole Lentils, do not press down or mash them while stirring. My husband prefers his more creamy, so I use a wide ladle to mash the Lentils against the sides of the pan while stirring.

Allow to cool for about 15 minutes and the soup is ready! Each person can add extra salt according to individual taste, but I have found the soup to be salty enough.

Cooking Soup

Usually it is a good idea to use a deep cooking pot to make soup. Some of the liquid may boil out, so adding enough at the beginning of the process curbs the need to add more later. The ingredients concentrate as the liquid boils down, so simmering should be a very slow boil.

Using a good stockpot helps alleviate burning on the bottom, but continue to stir often to make sure. People have individual preferences for cooking utensils, such as a heavy large roasting pan, ceramic, stainless steel, or aluminum. It is up to each individual what type of pot to use for Lentil Soup. There are a variety of Nonstick Stockpots available to help ease clean-up.

When one feels less stress of after-clean-up, there is more effort put into the cooking process. I found that determining the process that requires less effort is best and makes the preparation, and cooking process easier, and more enjoyable. The outcome can be quite different if the cooking process is stress free.

Personally, I found that my cooking experience was quite enjoyable when the process was clear, efficient, and the clean up was easy, which includes washing items through out the process so one is not overwhelmed with an abundant amount of utensils or dishes to wash, and dry in the aftermath.

Ahhh, It's Soup!

Simmered until soft, about 1 hour.
Simmered until soft, about 1 hour. | Source

Side Suggestions

Here are a few sides that go great with Lentil Soup.

* Celery Sticks

* Crispy Chicken

* Crackers

* Nachos

* Brown Rice

Celery sticks provide roughage, and extra taste, while enhancing the flavor of the Lentils. Brown rice is an added bonus because it is low in calories, also contains good nutrients, and provides digestive support, as well as combining in flavor with the Lentils. Dicing a fresh tomato over the top, and dusting with a light amount of shredded cheese can dress up the dish.

Lentil soup is a course base, a thicker than usual soup, so it goes well as a sauce, or additive for flavor in many dishes.

This is a food that has many experimental possibilities.

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Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 1 hour 30 min
Ready in: 2 hours
Yields: Serves 8 using 6 ounce soup cups

Home Made Lentil Soup Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 8 oz
Calories 139
Calories from Fat18
% Daily Value *
Fat 2 g3%
Saturated fat 1 g5%
Unsaturated fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 20 g7%
Sugar 3 g
Fiber 8 g32%
Protein 9 g18%
Cholesterol 7 mg2%
Sodium 350 mg15%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Recipe Rating

2.5 stars from 2 ratings of Lentil Soup, Split Pea Soup

Tracking Nutrition

Figuring nutritional values of foods prepared at home can be difficult. Thanks to the Internet, there are many options for help. Here are some informative websites that help determine nutrition in your favorite dishes. Monitor calories, fats, sugars and more, including ready made foods.

Self Nutrition Data: www.nutritiondata.self.com

Calorie/Food Lists: www.calorieking.com/foods/

It's That Season!

As the weather gets cooler, now is the time to make more soups! As fall unfolds into winter, I will be adding other recipe's that I try using Lentils. I have read about some that are spicy, and some that have a variation of Lentils, and additives. As I try them, or if I develop a new one, they will be added.

Sum It Up!

Who would know there is so much health value in Lentils?

* Lentils are a great source of protein, minerals, vitamins, fiber, and provide health benefits to various organs and functions of the body. These legumes, once soften through the cooking process, can also be strained and used to enhance salads, rice dishes, or vegetables.

* Lentils come in various types, colors, and tastes so there are many dishes to choose from.

* Preparation and cooking take less than 2 hours, and the resulting taste is worth the time.

* Calories, fats, and other nutrients can be measured for home cooking, to better monitor good health in food consumption.

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    • Marilyn Fritz profile imageAUTHOR

      Marilyn 

      2 years ago from Nevada

      The soup actually does not taste like Ramen Noodles at all! One can either use the pork flavoring pouch that comes with them, or a pork base in a small amount, or even chop some ham finely and add just for flavor. Not everyone likes that type of flavor, I understand that, so it is up to each individual how he or she wants to season it. Mine is just an example of how the recipe can have variables to enhance the flavor. Thank you all for the comments.

    • Marilyn Fritz profile imageAUTHOR

      Marilyn 

      3 years ago from Nevada

      Thank you for your comment poetryman6969, I was surprised at the sodium content as well. It seems beans, and peas all have some sodium content, and when adding spices, especially pork it increases.

    • Marilyn Fritz profile imageAUTHOR

      Marilyn 

      3 years ago from Nevada

      Thank you Rachel for reading, and commenting. I understand that not everyone would like the flavoring from Ramen Noodles. I just use the pork flavor packet, and even then only about 1/2 of the content, mixed with the ham as it simmers in the pan. I think it just helps give it a little pizzazz...but each person's taste is different.

    • Rachel L Alba profile image

      Rachel L Alba 

      3 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Hi Marilyn. I gave your recipe 2.5 stars. I tried for 4 but 2.5 came up. I like lentil soup but not the flavor of Ramen Noodles. Thanks for sharing.

      Blessings to you.

    • poetryman6969 profile image

      poetryman6969 

      3 years ago

      We eat a lot of this. I am a little surprised by the sodium content.

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