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Lentil and Bulgur Soup


Simple yet substantial, this warming soup combines vegetables with whole-grain bulgur and fiber-rich lentils for a hearty main course.

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  • Servings: 4

Source: Martha Stewart Living, March 2010


  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 1 medium carrot, finely chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, finely chopped
  • 1 shallot, thinly sliced
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 cup green or brown lentils, rinsed and picked over
  • 1/2 cup bulgur wheat
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons red-wine vinegar
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper


  1. Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Cook carrot, celery, and shallot until tender, about 6 minutes. Add water and lentils, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer, partially covered, until lentils are tender, about 20 minutes.

  2. Stir in bulgur, and cook, partially covered, until bulgur is tender but still slightly chewy, about 5 minutes.

  3. Drizzle with vinegar to taste. Season with salt and pepper. Drizzle with oil, and season with pepper.

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  • perfectbites
    9 DEC, 2013
    One of my favs - definitely use vegetable stock! We always add lightly steamed kale (thinly sliced ribbons), or other leafy green. Definitely a 'base' recipe. You can replace shallots with onion, can skip the celery, etc.
  • lilskiiergirl
    6 MAY, 2013
    Made this but added a tablespoon of homemade blend of spicy Moroccan seasonings, and leftover chicken broth (about a cup, then 5 cups water). Without these additions, it would have been extremely bland. It's more of a blank slate, fill with whatever seasonings fit your tastes.
  • MS11140572
    8 JUN, 2012
    Too blah. Needs chicken stock, red pepper and ??