Lentils are an inexpensive but nutritious power food, and these days, a hot, filling and flavorful family meal at a great price is a real comfort. My husband just loves this soup and it freezes well. —Donna Scarano, East Hanover, New Jersey
Because it looks different than traditional chili, my family was a little hesitant to try this dish at first. But thanks to full, hearty flavor, it's become a real favorite around our house. I like to serve it with warm corn bread. —Jeanette Urbom, Louisburg, Kansas
Served hot or cold, this soup never fails to delight the taste buds! It's simple to make, has a nice dill flavor and is a great way to use a few potatoes and a garden cucumber. It's one of my favorites. —Robert Breno
One of my family's favorite soups, this tasty recipe was one I discovered years ago. Served with a salad and bread or rolls, it makes a savory supper. Sometimes we like to grate mozzarella cheese over the individual bowls just before serving. —Lynne Dodd, Mentor, Ohio
Canned soup and beans are the secrets to the recipe's rapid preparation. For even faster meal making brown, drain and freeze the ground beef when time allows. When ready to use, just combine frozen cooked beef with the other ingredients and simmer as directed.—Jean Ward, Montogomery, Texas
Free-lance writer Marsha Ransom of South Haven, Michigan can be composing an article while her full-flavored soup is simmering. "I sprinkle servings with Parmesan cheese and serve with garlic bread," she reports.
You can prepare this soup as the main course in a hearty lunch or dinner. But—on cold winter evenings here in New England—I've often poured a steaming mugful and enjoyed sipping it in front of our fireplace as well. —Mrs. Guy Turnbull, Arlington, Massachusetts
Even those who don't like mushrooms like this soup! I've found it's a great first course when I have friends over.
Our home is a hobby farm with a view of Mississippi River bluffs. We have three daughters—20, 19 and 16.