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Hearty Lentil Soup

 Hearty Lentil Soup
Served with biscuits and a salad, this soup is delicious on a chilly autumn evening. It's one of my family's favorite.
8-10 ServingsPrep: 10 min. Cook: 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 2 celery ribs, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 3/4 cup dried lentils, rinsed
  • 3/4 cup medium pearl barley
  • 2 tablespoons chicken bouillon granules
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup thinly sliced carrots
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Swiss cheese, optional

Directions

  • In a Dutch oven, saute the celery, onion and garlic in butter until
  • tender. Stir in the water, tomatoes, lentils, barley, bouillon,
  • oregano, rosemary and pepper; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover
  • and simmer for 40 minutes or until lentils and barley are almost
  • tender.
  • Add carrots; simmer for 15 minutes or until the carrots, lentils and
  • barley are tender. Sprinkle each serving with cheese if desired.
  • Yield: 8-10 servings (about 2-1/2 quarts).

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Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 cup) equals 154 calories, 3 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 6 mg cholesterol, 643 mg sodium, 27 g carbohydrate, 9 g fiber, 7 g protein.