A (mostly) vegetarian, shoestring-budget meal that will leave you feeling both very satisfied and with tons of leftovers. Bonus: it's super-healthy and easy to prepare.

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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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  • Stir beef stock and lentils together in a large pot; bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and keep at a simmer while preparing onion.

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  • Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Cook and stir onion, cinnamon stick, ginger, turmeric, cumin, and black pepper in the hot oil until the onion is translucent, about 5 minutes; add to stock mixture.

  • Pour garbanzo beans, kidney beans, tomatoes, and quinoa into the stock mixture; stir and bring mixture to a boil. Stir parsley and cilantro into the stock mixture; reduce heat to low and cook mixture at a simmer until the lentils are tender, about 45 minutes. Drizzle lemon juice over the soup before serving.

Tips

Cook's Notes:

Tips

To make the soup wholly vegetarian, trade out the beef stock for vegetable stock.

Tips

If you do use quinoa, be sure to prepare it separately from the soup (1/2 cup unprepared = 1 cup prepared). Throwing it into the soup unprepared will cause it to absorb all the liquid and you will be left with a very, very thick stew.

Partner Tip

Reynolds® Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

260.8 calories; 14.4 g protein; 42 g carbohydrates; 0 mg cholesterol; 298.5 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (30)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
07/19/2015
I picked this recipe even though it had only a few reviews because I needed something high in fiber and protein that even my rambunctious 15 month old would eat and an easy reheat meal. It's wonderful! It was a little heavy on cilantro but I wasn't even turned off by it. People who don't care for that taste in every bite should probably cut the amount to 3/4 or even half a bunch. I made do with just ground cinnamon. I HIGHLY recommend the optional quinoa (note: it does absorb a lot of the broth so you may want to add 2 more cups of stock after adding the quinoa) and I added hot kielbasa sausage for my Hunny which I sautéed with the onions and the sausage soaked up the flavors of the spices and broth rather than staying hot. Next time I might consider adding chopped spinach for the sake of some green nutrition because I think the other flavors would easily mask that bitter "green" taste some people dislike (like my toddler;). This is such a great staple to have in my recipe box that I can add to and modify as I like. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
02/12/2020
This dish was just okay. It has taste, but it was lacking, so I added a large cloves of garlic and extra 1/2 tsp of cumin. It helped and tasted better the next day. Read More
39 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 28
  • 4 star values: 10
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
07/19/2015
I picked this recipe even though it had only a few reviews because I needed something high in fiber and protein that even my rambunctious 15 month old would eat and an easy reheat meal. It's wonderful! It was a little heavy on cilantro but I wasn't even turned off by it. People who don't care for that taste in every bite should probably cut the amount to 3/4 or even half a bunch. I made do with just ground cinnamon. I HIGHLY recommend the optional quinoa (note: it does absorb a lot of the broth so you may want to add 2 more cups of stock after adding the quinoa) and I added hot kielbasa sausage for my Hunny which I sautéed with the onions and the sausage soaked up the flavors of the spices and broth rather than staying hot. Next time I might consider adding chopped spinach for the sake of some green nutrition because I think the other flavors would easily mask that bitter "green" taste some people dislike (like my toddler;). This is such a great staple to have in my recipe box that I can add to and modify as I like. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/09/2014
Delicious! Healthy and full of flavor. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/14/2015
Meat Addition review: I was looking for a 15 bean soup recipe and found this gem. I added 2 lbs of Italian pork sausage (because that's what I had) cooked up with spices and the onion. I added fresh green beans cut into 1/4 inch pieces corn and fresh tomatoes along with 2 cups of dry mixed lentils and no canned beans. I didn't add quinoa because I didn't have any on hand right now but love the cilantro in it. This is a great base recipe you can leave it as is or add to it as you want to. I would have liked to have some seasoned diced tomatoes in the pantry but the fresh turned out fine (and are healthier too). I had limes in lieu of lemons and squeezed them on top but lemon would probably give better flavor to this recipe. I'm going to add a dallop of sour cream to mine... Either way it's hard to go wrong. Mine is good but I look forward to trying this again when I have more of the original recipe ingredients on hand. Don't be afraid to mix it up! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/15/2014
Great soup and very easy to prepare. I didn't have any cilantro but luckily added some after cooking. Cilantro really makes the soup. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/13/2015
I made this recipe following it exactly. It was wonderful. The spices give this soup a delicious exotic flavor. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/28/2016
Wonderful recipe! Very flavorful! I used chicken stock instead of beef stock since that is what I had on hand. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/14/2015
Great recipe! Tastes very similar to a version served in a restaurant near me. Substituted vegetable stock for the beef stock (I'm vegan) and used cinnamon powder in place of the cinnamon sticks. Added minced garlic cloves to mine. My two year old ate it better than my 4 and 6 but was like by all Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/13/2016
Delicious as is and forgiving if substituting ingredients!!! I made this in my crockpot instead of as recipe stated. Didn't have onions so I used lots of dried onion instead. I used veggie broth. I threw in a chopped uncooked sweet potato that I had lying around because 'why not'? In the crockpot on HI for about 1.5-2hrs PERFECT. (I still made the quinoa on the side as recipe indicates). We will be making this again. So easy filling healthy and yummy flavors. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
06/26/2019
I omitted the kidney beans. I used veggie Field Roast link sausages. This is a very good and spicy dish. I cooked dried chickpeas. Prep time is extensive. Overall we all liked it. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
02/12/2020
This dish was just okay. It has taste, but it was lacking, so I added a large cloves of garlic and extra 1/2 tsp of cumin. It helped and tasted better the next day. Read More