Hearty Veggie Lentil Soup Recipe
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Hearty Veggie Lentil Soup Recipe

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Chock-full of veggies, this delicious lentil soup is really simple to fix. In St. Ignatius, Montana, Joy Maynard often doubles the recipe and freezes half for later.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 1-1/2 hours
MAKES:6 servings
Healthy Diabetic Exchange Test Kitchen Approved
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 1-1/2 hours
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 3 cups water
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 3 medium carrots, sliced
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 cup dried lentils, rinsed
  • 2 celery ribs, sliced
  • 1 small green pepper, chopped
  • 1/4 cup uncooked brown rice
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup frozen corn
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas

Nutritional Facts

1-1/3 cups equals 228 calories, 1 g fat (trace saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 566 mg sodium, 44 g carbohydrate, 15 g fiber, 14 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 2 vegetable 1 lean meat


  1. In a large saucepan, combine the first 11 ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1 to 1-1/2 hours or until lentils and rice are tender.
  2. Add the tomato paste, corn and peas; stir until blended. Cook, uncovered, for 15-20 minutes or until corn and peas are tender. Discard bay leaf. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Hearty Lentil Soup in Light & Tasty August/September 2007, p33

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Reviewed Mar. 19, 2015

"After reading all of the positive reviews I am not sure what went wrong, even though I followed the recipe as printed. It is definitely a very healthy soup which is why I gave it two stars but my batch was totally lacking in flavor. I did add some salt to see whether that would enhance the taste and it didn't seem to do much good. Not sure what I would change if I were to make it again."

Reviewed Nov. 19, 2012

"This was the first time I made lentil soup and it was delicious! I am adding the recipe to my soup collection."

Reviewed Dec. 31, 2011

"Simple and tasty. I made it with boxed chopped tomatoes to avoid having to dig the tomato paste out of the can, and loved it!"

Reviewed Feb. 12, 2011

"This is a keeper ! A little variation (no corn or peas and dices tomatoes insteaf of paste) My folks sya it's the "bomb" A favorite of mine."

Reviewed May. 4, 2010

"This is one of our favorite vegetarian dishes. I do add about 1 teaspoon of salt and pepper to taste. Also I add more water if it is gets to thick."

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