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Peasant Lentil Vegetable Soup

Peasant Lentil Vegetable Soup

Peasants have known about the virtues of lentils for millennia: high in protein and fiber, inexpensive, and nourishing, lentils make a thrifty and healthful dish.

This hearty, tasty soup combines lentils with autumn vegetables to make a one-pot supper perfect for the autumn season.


1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced or pressed
1 cup dried brown lentils
4 cups vegetable broth
1 bay leaf
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 large ribs celery, chopped
1 cup chopped cabbage
1 large carrot, chopped
2 plum tomatoes, peeled and chopped
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

1. Heat the oil in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic. Cook, stirring frequently, 10 to 12 minutes, or until the onion is translucent. Add the lentils, broth, bay leaf, and pepper. Stir to mix well. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low. Cover and cook for 40 to 45 minutes, or until the lentils are tender.

2. Pour half of the mixture into a bowl and reserve. Pour the remaining mixture into a blender or food processor. Blend or process until smooth. Return the puree to the pot. Add the celery, cabbage, and carrot. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, for 10 minutes, so the flavors blend. Add the tomatoes, lemon juice, vinegar, and the reserved lentil mixture. Cook, stirring frequently, for 10 to 12 minutes, or until heated through. Remove and discard the bay leaf before serving.

Serves 8.

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Adapted from Homestyle Cooking Made Healthy, by Jeanne Jones (Rodale Press, 1999). Copyright (c) 1999 by Jeanne Jones. Reprinted by permission of Rodale Press.
Adapted from Homestyle Cooking Made Healthy, by Jeanne Jones (Rodale Press, 1999).

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9:04PM PST on Jan 31, 2014

Lentils add a lot of flavour to soup, especially during a cold winter. I often make lentil soup, it was something that my mother enjoyed serving.

Odd, some of these older articles have a blank white square where the photo should be.

3:47PM PDT on Mar 17, 2013

soup sounds good

8:01AM PST on Jan 26, 2013


1:20AM PDT on Sep 14, 2011

Love this great recipe. Thanks for sharing.

6:07AM PDT on Jul 20, 2011

Thanks for the article.

12:57AM PDT on Apr 1, 2011

Thank you!

8:23AM PST on Mar 2, 2010

Yummy, thanks!

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