Italian Lentil Soup Recipe
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 3-1/4 cups water
- 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) vegetable broth
- 1 cup dried lentils, rinsed
- 1 medium carrot, shredded
- 1 small green pepper, finely chopped
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, optional
- 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) no-salt-added diced tomatoes
- 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 2 cups cooked brown rice
- 1. In a Dutch oven, saute onion in oil until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Add the water, broth, lentils, carrot, green pepper, oregano, basil and, if desired, pepper flakes. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20-25 minutes or until lentils are almost tender.
Stir in the tomatoes, tomato paste and lemon juice. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 10 minutes longer or until lentils are tender. Serve with rice.
Freeze option: Freeze cooled soup in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally and adding a little broth or water if necessary. Serve with rice. Yield: 6 servings (2 quarts).
1-1/3 cups: 269 calories, 3g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 383mg sodium, 48g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 14g fiber), 13g protein.
Reviews for Italian Lentil Soup
"The wonderful thing about soup recipes is that they are so amenable to changes. I am always looking for ways to lower the calorie content so I eliminated the olive oil and just used olive oil spray to saute the onions and garlic. I had some cabbage, celery and yellow squash in the fridge that needed to be used up, so I chopped and dumped those in. I had a partially used can of cannellini beans that I wanted to get rid of so they joined the veggies. I only used 1 tblsp. tomato paste and in place of plain water used some beef bouillon cubes. I added some chopped cilantro on top.. I didn't use any meat, but you could add some Italian sausage, ground beef or ground turkey. DELICIOUS!"
"Add some sausage and you have a perfect, balanced meal. This is delicious!!!"
"The recipe was good, but it was a little too acidic for my taste. Next time I make it I will add something to balance it out."
"It was okay, but it seemed to need something, you when I heated up the leftovers I added some spaghetti sauce to it and it was much better."
"Rich and filling. It's a family favorite. Sometimes I chop the carrots to make preparation a little easier."
"Made it for company and they all loved it. I cooked the lentins separately, for me they needed more cooking time, then I followed the directions and it came out great."
"We really like this soup and it's good for you. Yummy. I too just sliced the carrots thin, and I used more broth than water and simmered it longer than the stated time. But I will make this again"
"This soup is fantastic! Delicious comfort food. Easy to make and so tasty! Husband approved as well. Instead of shredding the carrot, I sliced it thin. I also had to simmer the lentils 5 more minutes till they were tender."
"I added some sliced sausages. My husband LOVED it."
"I really liked this one. It was easy and good."
"When making the Italian Lentil soup, I accidentally substituted the diced tomatoes with crushed tomatoes-- Oh my gosh! It was so delicious! It was like eating sphaghetti with no guilt at all. For my husband who hates lentils to like this, you know it's really good!"
"Tomatoey and delishious. And easy!"