Mandie's Dinner Diner

August 19, 2010

Lentil and Vegetable Soup

Filed under: Soup and Stew — ruralmomof3 @ 6:17 am
My neighbor, and friend, had a baby a week or so ago and through our church we help families with new babies by providing meals for them for a week or so. Her oldest daughter is vegetarian and I wanted her to feel “thought of” so I made a meatless vegetable soup (with bbq sandwiches for everyone else). This does contain meat broth so it’s not a “vegan” meal but I’m pretty sure it followed the daughters eating habits. This was a huge recipe- enough for their family of 6 and our family of 5- so you’ll need a large stock pot.

The Recipe

2 c. beef broth
2 c. chicken broth
1 “juice can” of tomato juice
1 onion, chopped
4 celery stalks, washed and chopped
4 potatoes, peeled, washed and cubed
1/8 head of cabbage, sliced thin
1 pkg frozen beans
1 pkg frozen peas and carrots
1 pkg frozen corn
1/2 c crushed tomatoes (optional)
1 cup dry lentils, sorted and rinsed (not pre-soaked)
salt/pepper to taste

Combine everything, except lentils and salt/pepper, in a large stock pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to maintain a little higher than a simmer. Cook until veggies are nearly done (an hour or so on simmer- you can cook it faster on a higher heat just stir often and keep an eye on it). Return it to a boil on med/high and add your lentils and salt/pepper. Reduce heat to medium and cook approximately 30 min., stirring frequently to keep the lentils from sticking to the bottom. Fish out a lentil and see if it’s done. They should not be hard but they do not need to be mushy either- somewhere in between.

I served this with a hot bbq turkey sandwich and included fresh breadsticks as well. Keep in mind, you can mix and match your veggies or reduce this recipe to serve fewer people. Enjoy!!

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