Lentil and Brown Rice Soup Recipe

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The first time I made this soup, I thought our teenage son would turn up his nose. Much to my delight—and surprise—he loved every bite! I know you will, too.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 35 min.
MAKES:14 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 35 min.
MAKES: 14 servings


  • 2 quarts water
  • 3/4 cup dried lentils, rinsed
  • 1/2 cup uncooked brown rice
  • 1 envelope onion soup mix
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 medium carrot, diced
  • 1/2 cup diced celery
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
  • 4 chicken bouillon cubes
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 78 calories, 1g fat (0g saturated fat), 0mg cholesterol, 624mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 4g fiber), 4g protein .


  1. In a Dutch oven or soup kettle, combine all ingredients except vinegar; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 35-45 minutes or until lentils and rice are tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in vinegar if desired. Yield: 12-14 servings (3-1/2 quarts).
Originally published as Lentil and Brown Rice Soup in Home-Style Soups, Salad and Sandwiches Cookbook 1996, p14

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puffybloomers 241416
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2016

"It was really good. great when you are trying to lose weight and eat healthier"

Bonnette23 21520
Reviewed Feb. 25, 2012

"I forgot to add- the leftovers get very thick, so I add some water while re-heating. Just eyeball the amount by how thick you like it."

Bonnette23 46367
Reviewed Feb. 25, 2012

"One of my husbands favorites. I add a pound or so of browned sausage, and make my own onion soup mix to avoid the garbage found in pre-packaged ones. My kids like this with a dollop of sour cream and some shredded cheddar cheese."

nickisix 74795
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2011

"This taste fabulous even though it's so nutritious and it warms you heart and soul! It was a requested recipe when I took it to a "souper" bowl party."

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