A very easy soup to prepare and can be enjoyed any day.

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Ingredients

10
Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Rinse lentils in cold water several times before adding to cooking pot. In a medium-size cooking pot, add lentils and water and boil for about 30 minutes.

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  • Add quartered potatoes and cook until tender.

  • When potatoes are cooked, remove into a mixing bowl; mash and set aside.

  • Add carrots, onion, celery, and chicken soup base to pot and simmer, covered, for about 30 minutes or until lentils are soft.

  • Add cloves, salt, and pepper and simmer for another 15 minutes.

  • Now add mashed potatoes, mix well and just bring to boil. Adjust seasonings to taste. Remove and discard cloves before serving.

Nutrition Facts

113.9 calories; 6.6 g protein; 20.7 g carbohydrates; 1.1 mg cholesterol; 716.2 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
02/19/2008
I don't usually give recipes 5 stars if I tweaked it but this was just so good that I'm giving in on this one. I had no celery (don't like it anyway) so I skipped it and added an extra carrot. I also didn't have any chicken bullion or vegetable stock so I just added extra water and extra pepper as well. Then after it was all done and mixed up together I added a small can of evaporated milk. The combination of the cloves and pepper was delicious. This was fast (I put the lentils carrots and onion all together at once then cooked the potatoes separately) and easy and already look forward to the leftovers. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/19/2003
The first time I made this it burnt on the bottom of the pan - 4 cups of water was just not enough. The second time I did a better job of monitoring the progress and added water at times. It still turned out very thick (which was okay with us). I also omitted the celery and I think I may omit the carrot next time too. The taste of the soup when done (and not burned) was great! Read More
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50 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 24
  • 4 star values: 22
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
02/19/2008
I don't usually give recipes 5 stars if I tweaked it but this was just so good that I'm giving in on this one. I had no celery (don't like it anyway) so I skipped it and added an extra carrot. I also didn't have any chicken bullion or vegetable stock so I just added extra water and extra pepper as well. Then after it was all done and mixed up together I added a small can of evaporated milk. The combination of the cloves and pepper was delicious. This was fast (I put the lentils carrots and onion all together at once then cooked the potatoes separately) and easy and already look forward to the leftovers. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/18/2005
Like everyone else I had to add tons more water during cooking and it was done in about half the estimated time. Also I halved this recipe for the two of us thinking there would be leftovers for another meal but it made BARELY 3 servings. Next time I will make the entire batch to get 2 meals. I used a generous sprinkling of dried minced onion. The soup was thick and flavorful I would definitely recommend trying it - just be sure to watch the water closely! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/19/2004
This was a very tasty lentil soup- just a few adjustements. 1/2 of an onion double the water to 8 cups and I just left the potatoes in and never mashed them. It tasted great! Next time I think I will leave out the carrots and add an extra stalk of celery. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/18/2006
awesome. I changed it just a little I added an onion. used 4 cups of chicken broth and 4 cups of water. I did not mash the potatoes just diced them. I threw eveything into the pot all at once. very delicous a keeper. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/17/2006
While not a pretty soup was very tasty and satisfying. I have never put mashed potatoes in a soup before but I thought it was a great addition. I added an onion and 2 cloves of garlic and used a small amount of powdered cloves instead of whole cloves. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/13/2005
This soup was AMAZING. I've been looking for a good lentil soup recipe for a long time and I've finally found it. I omitted the celery and added two tablespoons of minced onion. It turned out wonderfully. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/19/2007
This was good though I didn't follow it exactly. I didn't have any carrots so I upped the celery and added onion and garlic. I also added a tablespoon of yellow curry powder and used vegetable broth. I found that I had to add a lot of water to the lentils as they cooked. I also didn't have real potatoes so I ended up adding some potato flakes to thicken up the soup a bit. At the end I added a splash of balsamic vinegar. I would reccomend some parmesan cheese and maybe some spinach added to this but overall it was good. My husband and my 3 year old also liked it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/31/2007
I was very pleased with the way this turned out! I ran across this recipe as I used the "ingredient search" tool. I was out of onions but wanted to use the bag of lentils I had. (I couldn't imagine a good lentil soup recipe without onions!) As it turns out my husband had to go to the hardware store while I was cooking so he was nice enough to pick up some onions which were a wonderful addition. (I had planned on using onion powder for flavoring.) I will definately agree with the other reviews...it needed a lot more water. Just keep you eye on it and add as needed. I also added a bay leaf for seasoning and a shake of garam masala. I was a bit wary of adding mashed potatoes...but I used about 4 small red ones. It was great! I will definately make this again and again. YUM! Read More
(9)
Rating: 5 stars
09/21/2010
I never made or ate lentil soup but my husband wanted it so i used this recipe. I thought it tasted wonderful but never had eaten it before-i didnt know how it was supposed to taste. So i had my husband try it because he has no problem telling me his honest opinion. He loved it and said he wouldnt change a thing. I did have to add a few more cups of water as it was cooking but other than that-I wouldnt change a thing. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/19/2003
The first time I made this it burnt on the bottom of the pan - 4 cups of water was just not enough. The second time I did a better job of monitoring the progress and added water at times. It still turned out very thick (which was okay with us). I also omitted the celery and I think I may omit the carrot next time too. The taste of the soup when done (and not burned) was great! Read More
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