The earthy flavor of the lentils is set off by the tartness of the tomatoes and a spoonful of wine vinegar, which is stirred in just before serving the soup.

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat oil over medium heat. Add carrots, celery, onion, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Cook until onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Add garlic, thyme, and bay leaf, and cook until vegetables begin to soften, 2 to 3 minutes longer.

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  • Add tomatoes with their liquid, breaking them up with a large spoon. Add water and lentils, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer, partially covered, until lentils are tender, about 30 minutes. Just before serving, stir in vinegar.

Cook's Notes

Cooking times for lentils can vary from 20 to 40 minutes depending on how fresh they are. The older the lentils, the longer they take to soften.

Cook's Notes

Cooked pasta makes a good addition to this soup. Try any short pasta, such as elbow macaroni, or break up strands of spaghetti or linguine. Use about 2 1/2 cups cooked pasta (1 cup dried).

Reviews (6)

34 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 6
  • 4 star values: 16
  • 3 star values: 9
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: Unrated
10/31/2013
I followed the suggestions from other reviews and made this soup for a vegan friend who just moved. She loved it!
Rating: Unrated
11/24/2010
I also added 3 bay leaves instead of 1 and an extra garlic glove and broth instead of water. The soup halfway through cooking became very thick so I added 2 cups of water and 2 more cups of broth. Soup came out so flavorful and tasty ! This was my first time making lentil soup and the recipe was excellent.
Rating: Unrated
06/19/2010
I was surprised at how GREAT this soup was!! Also used broth (vegetable) instead of water and added an extra garlic clove, 2 more bay leaves, and a pinch more of thyme. Used diced tomatoes instead of whole.
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Rating: Unrated
04/05/2010
I'm making this with my grandfather's homemade kielbasa. I'm also adding some barley per a friend's Barley-Lentil soup recipe. I've decided this is Eastern Europe's version of chili. Excellent comfort food!
Rating: Unrated
02/20/2009
DELICIOUS! I like to cook a slice or two of bacon first, and cook the carrots and everything in the bacon fat. My boyfriend won't eat anything without bacon, so this is our compromise! I always add frozen spinach and broccoli too.
Rating: Unrated
01/23/2008
This is my absolute favorite recipe for Lentil Soup.You don't even miss any meat, but I made it for my father who is a big meat-eater and added some smoked sausage and it was terrific. I also use broth instead of water.
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