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Italian-Style Lentil Soup Recipe

Italian-Style Lentil Soup Recipe

I like to serve lentils often because they are inexpensive and nutritious. I sometimes add them to my homemade spaghetti sauce and serve over noodles. —Rachel Keller, Roanoke, Virginia
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 40 min. YIELD:6 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium carrot, chopped
  • 1 cup dried lentils, rinsed
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium beef bouillon granules
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 5-1/4 cups water
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese

Directions

  • 1. In a large saucepan coated with cooking spray, heat oil over medium heat. Add onions, celery and carrot; cook and stir until crisp-tender.
  • 2. Stir in lentils, parsley, bouillon, pepper and water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, 20-25 minutes or until lentils are tender, stirring occasionally.
  • 3. Stir in tomato paste, vinegar, brown sugar and salt; heat through. Serve with cheese.
    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 water if necessary. Yield: 6 servings.

Recipe Note

Health Tip: Unlike dried beans, lentils don’t have to be soaked before using. They are a quick-to-cook source of iron, most B vitamins and fiber.

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 122 calories, 2g fat (1g saturated fat), 1mg cholesterol, 420mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 6g fiber), 6g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 vegetable, 1 starch.

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Bonnie
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2018

"nice soup"

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Georgia Peach
Reviewed Dec. 31, 2017

"Wonderful soup! I used homemade turkey broth and added some leftover rice that had been cooked in turkey broth in addition to the red lentils - everything else as per the recipe. Really enjoyed this one and will be sure to make it again!"

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Reviewed Sep. 27, 2015

"Really great flavor! Plan to make again!"

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valdater
Reviewed Apr. 13, 2015

"This is one of the better lentil soups I have ever had. It was so easy to make and super cheap to make because I already had many of the ingredients on hand. It is hearty, healthy, and low fat. Very satisfying."

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dotsie63
Reviewed Jan. 4, 2015

"First time making lentil soup, excellent recipe, I added a couple cloves of garlic and a little bit of tyme."

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rmbarr059
Reviewed Sep. 21, 2011

"I was pleasantly surprised by the flavor of this soup! I've never cooked lentils before, but my husband and I really enjoyed this nice, low-cal addition to dinner."

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Jennifer1069
Reviewed May. 9, 2011

"This was my first time cooking with lentils and I really enjoyed this soup and will make it again!!"

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joedebfry
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2009

"Tasty, simple to make, nutritious!"

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lmg647
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2009

"This soup is wonderful and is a nice low-calorie lunch!"

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lmg647
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2009

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