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Red Lentil & Turnip Soup

Red Lentil & Turnip Soup


As a Chicago transplant currently living in sunny California, I can’t help but roll my eyes at how grumpy I become as soon as the thermometer drops below 45 degrees. I’m one of those people now, the kind who wear sweaters and thermal underwear when everyone else is wearing t-shirts and shorts. I only see snow on the tops of mountains, not when I’m digging out my car. Now this may be a problem of ego more than anything else, but it does have its benefits. I’ve become the kind of person who thinks 63 degrees and sunny is acceptable weather for a nice, hearty soup. Nothing wrong with that! Here is my latest favorite:

Lentil and Turnip Soup


  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 Yellow onion, diced
  • 4 Cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 Celery stalks, diced finely
  • 1 1/2 Cups tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 1/2 Cups dried red lentils
  • 1 Turnip, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 Cup Fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  • 1 Teaspoon red-wine vinegar
  • Coarse salt and freshly-ground pepper

1. In a pot over medium heat, heat olive oil. Stir in onion, garlic, and celery. Cook for about 7 minutes, or until tender.
2. Turn up heat to high and stir in tomatoes. Cook for an additional 1 minute before stirring in lentils, turnip and 6 cups of water.
3. Bring soup to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 20-25 minutes, or until lentils are tender. Add parsley, vinegar, salt and pepper and stir.

Recipe Credit: Whole Living

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.


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3:26AM PDT on Jun 24, 2013


11:14AM PDT on Mar 22, 2013

This sounds so good,thank you.

8:57PM PDT on Mar 10, 2013


I want to personally thank you for all the very wonderful and truly tasty contributions you have made to my recipe file.

Your recipes go back(on Care2) since the early 2000's.

You are a magnificent contributor to the Care2 community. Again, Thank You

3:20PM PST on Mar 7, 2013

Absolutely delicious, it did not look like the photo tho. Will certainly make it again!

6:21PM PST on Mar 4, 2013

To Sharon N.- I think you may have a bad past when it comes to turnips- why not just try it? If it's still bad, oh well; bad BumbleBrie- I'm wrong, and you were right!

3:15PM PST on Mar 4, 2013


12:20PM PST on Mar 4, 2013

Thank you.

10:46AM PST on Mar 4, 2013

not something I'd like much b / c I'm not that into turnips

10:26AM PST on Mar 4, 2013

Wow this sounds and looks gooood! Thanks Katie for sharing the recipe.

8:32AM PST on Mar 4, 2013

sounds nice, might try it. Thank you!

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