This is a wonderful fall or winter meal, served with thick slices of warm homemade bread. The recipe evolved over the years as I added to it. I often double it and freeze what we don't eat. That way, I can throw some in a pot for a quick meal or if unexpected guests drop by. —Emily Chaney, Penobscot, Maine
Curry gives a different taste sensation to this chili-like soup from Christina Till of South Haven, Michigan. "It's delicious with a dollop of sour cream," she reports. "My family welcomes it with open arms- and watering mouths."
"My mother sent me some of this pretty dry blend along with the recipe," comments Susan Ruckert of Tangent, Oregon. "This hearty soup is thick with lentils, barley and peas, and chicken is a nice change from the usual ham."
This has been my husband's favorite soup our whole 30-year married life. He enjoys taking a thermos of this to work during the winter. It's delicious served with warm biscuits and butter. —Janet Chase, Berrien Sprgs, Michigan
Loaded with beans of all shapes and sizes, this colorful combination cooks up into a satisfying soup that;ll stand by itself or serve as a side dish. Pens Rhonda Letendre from Epsom, New Hampshire, "Not only do I give the mix away as a gift, I keep it on hand to make for my family, too. They love it!"
You'll never miss the meat when you serve this wonderful meal-in-a-bowl from Athena Russell of Florence, South Carolina. Rich and satisfying, it simmers with the hefty goodness of root vegetables and cilantro.
The heroine, Marjan, of Pomegranate Soup by Marsha Mehran wins over the townspeople of rural Irish community with her Red Lentil Soup. Savory a steaming bowlful of your own fragrant lentil soup absorbed in Marjan's saga.—
Steaming bowls of homemade soup are less than an hour away when you have this lovely layered soup mix on hand. You won't miss the meat in this hearty soup featuring lentils and barley.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen