A lovely soup recipe that I received from a older English country woman. Very easy to make and has a nice warm flavor.

NICKB
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

Directions

  • In a pot over medium heat, cook onions in butter until softened. Stir in lentils, orange juice, celery, carrot, bay leaf, thyme, pepper and half the chicken broth and simmer 40 minutes, until lentils are tender.

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  • Puree in a blender or food processor, or using an immersion blender. Return to the pot, stir in remaining chicken broth and heat through.

Nutrition Facts

172 calories; 6.2 g total fat; 15 mg cholesterol; 242 mg sodium. 22.6 g carbohydrates; 7.9 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
02/09/2004
I thought this was tasty but my husband who's a big lentil soup fan loved it. I sauteed the onion in a little olive oil instead of butter (as it's healthier). When the onion was softened I added some minced garlic which I briefly sauteed before adding the rest of the ingredients. I also diced the carrot instaed of shredding it & used only 1/4 tsp. thyme due to family preference. I added all the broth at the same time & didn't bother blending the ingredients at the end. A little texture from the lentils & veggies was fine with us. I would suggest that if you go to the trouble of making this that you double the recipe so you can take some to lunch or freeze it for another time. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
05/16/2011
Not the best thing to do with lentils. It was ok I ate it but I was the only one in the house who would. To me it seemed to be lacking in dimension with the spices but I can't put my finger on what would perk it up...nutmeg allspice saffron? My daughter & husband didn't like the orange flavor said it was just weird. I followed the recipe as written except I only had vegetable stock on hand. (which I've never had a problem subbing for in other recipes.) I also tossed in a clove of fresh garlic with the onions. I don't think I'll bother trying it again with chicken stock. Read More
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108 Ratings
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  • 4 star values: 25
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  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
02/09/2004
I thought this was tasty but my husband who's a big lentil soup fan loved it. I sauteed the onion in a little olive oil instead of butter (as it's healthier). When the onion was softened I added some minced garlic which I briefly sauteed before adding the rest of the ingredients. I also diced the carrot instaed of shredding it & used only 1/4 tsp. thyme due to family preference. I added all the broth at the same time & didn't bother blending the ingredients at the end. A little texture from the lentils & veggies was fine with us. I would suggest that if you go to the trouble of making this that you double the recipe so you can take some to lunch or freeze it for another time. Read More
(64)
Rating: 5 stars
02/09/2004
I thought this was tasty but my husband who's a big lentil soup fan loved it. I sauteed the onion in a little olive oil instead of butter (as it's healthier). When the onion was softened I added some minced garlic which I briefly sauteed before adding the rest of the ingredients. I also diced the carrot instaed of shredding it & used only 1/4 tsp. thyme due to family preference. I added all the broth at the same time & didn't bother blending the ingredients at the end. A little texture from the lentils & veggies was fine with us. I would suggest that if you go to the trouble of making this that you double the recipe so you can take some to lunch or freeze it for another time. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2003
This was wonderful! I used vegetarian chicken seasoning instead of chicken broth and skipped the celery and bay leaf. My family loved it - the only problem was I would say this made about two servings not four - by the time the kids and I were done my husband got about three bites. Also I had to keep adding extra water as it cooked. But overall it was a winner! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/08/2007
Amazing soup. Seems gourmet but its so simple to make. Guests loved it as did kids. I added garlic and sautéed it with the onion as others suggested. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2003
Exceptional. The best lentil soup I've tasted bar-none. The orange leaves a pleasant after taste and the spices are just right. Please post more of this woman's recipes. I would love a good recipe for scones. Thanks again Hannah. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/18/2007
Very good soup. I cooked all the broth with the lentils instead of adding some at the end. I also only blended halh the soup so there were chunks in the soup. Nice refreshing flavor. Great the way it was I also added some cream to my bowl of soup and it was good too. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/25/2007
My Husband and I just loved this soup! One of the best I ever ate with a wonderful fine flavor! I followed the recipe exactly as written but did add some diced cooked chicken to it. I served it with fresh backed Corn Bread - absolutely Yummy! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/06/2004
I have never cared much for lentils but I have been trying. I had two cups of them to use up so I made a triple batch. I can tell already that it won't last long because "tasting" it when it was done ended up meaning I ate two full bowls.:) I used white pepper and added all of the liquid before it was done cooking becuase the lentils had absorbed so much. I also sauteed the celery 'til it was soft to make sure I could puree it enough to sneak it past my kids. Any crunchy bits no matter how small could give away my secret plan to get veggies into their bodies. I really like it. I don't use thyme much in cooking and was not going to bother buying more when I ran out but I used the rest for this soup and thyme is already on my grocery list. I will have to make more of this. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/07/2005
This is the best lentil soup ever!!!! Even my husband who needs meat for every meal ate all of this soup and wanted more. I recommend making a double batch. Thanks Nick Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/03/2011
This soup had wonderful flavor -- I did triple the recipe more or less for a family of four and had just a little leftover (not that I'm complaining) I do think that blending the soup adds to it making a nice creamy texture and adding the extra broth at the end helps it not become too thick. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
05/16/2011
Not the best thing to do with lentils. It was ok I ate it but I was the only one in the house who would. To me it seemed to be lacking in dimension with the spices but I can't put my finger on what would perk it up...nutmeg allspice saffron? My daughter & husband didn't like the orange flavor said it was just weird. I followed the recipe as written except I only had vegetable stock on hand. (which I've never had a problem subbing for in other recipes.) I also tossed in a clove of fresh garlic with the onions. I don't think I'll bother trying it again with chicken stock. Read More
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