As a busy college student, I don't have much time to eat, let alone cook. I've been making this soup for myself my whole college career, since it's a soup my mom made when I was growing up. This soup is illegally easy and incredibly good for you. Eat it up! You can add sliced, shredded, or diced cooked chicken to the soup when it is almost ready. This soup is delicious, but it can be a surprisingly dull color. You can make it more attractive by serving it with a thin slice of lemon on top and a sprinkle of chopped parsley or chives.

Molly

Recipe Summary

prep:
5 mins
cook:
30 mins
total:
35 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a large saucepan combine lentils, broth, onion, tomato paste, garlic and cumin. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat, cover and simmer until lentils are soft, 30 to 45 minutes. Serve with a squeeze of lemon.

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Nutrition Facts

156 calories; protein 11.5g 23% DV; carbohydrates 27.7g 9% DV; fat 0.7g 1% DV; cholesterolmg; sodium 68.9mg 3% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
10/22/2007
I made a few alterations to this basic recipe and the result was the most amazing hearty homemade lentil soup I have ever had. I used 4 cloves of garlic sauteed with the onion and 2 bay leaves for 5 minutes. Then I added all the other ingredients plus a generous shake of parsley and paprika. I also added 1 chopped fresh tomato and cut spinach (stems removed). I had to add extra liquid to compensante for how much liquid the lentils absorbed. The cumin is what absolutely makes this soup! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
02/06/2003
very bland and I wound up throwing ot out. No one seemed to like it at my home Read More
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271 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 145
  • 4 star values: 94
  • 3 star values: 23
  • 2 star values: 7
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
10/22/2007
I made a few alterations to this basic recipe and the result was the most amazing hearty homemade lentil soup I have ever had. I used 4 cloves of garlic sauteed with the onion and 2 bay leaves for 5 minutes. Then I added all the other ingredients plus a generous shake of parsley and paprika. I also added 1 chopped fresh tomato and cut spinach (stems removed). I had to add extra liquid to compensante for how much liquid the lentils absorbed. The cumin is what absolutely makes this soup! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/15/2004
This soup is SO good and SO easy! I just made it and can't wait to dig in. Here's what I did a little differently from the recipe thanks to the suggestions of my fellow reviewers: I used 3 cloves of garlic (never too much!). I thinly sliced 3 carrots and added them. I used the entire 6 oz. can of tomato paste. I dumped in a bunch of garlic powder. I sauteed the garlic and onions together for just a few minutes before I added everything else. I simmered the soup for 45 minutes and it made it nice and thick. This recipe is a total keeper. I plan on keeping the ingredients around all the time. Thanks so much for such a great recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/11/2003
This is a delicious and simple soup! My friend Katy cooked this up for me after work on a Friday evening. I always think of soups as taking hours to cook on the stove but not true! This ready in a snap. She used whole cumin which I ground with mortar and pistle and also added carrots which I thought was a necessary touch for color as well as character. But the flavor was plentiful and the ease was astounding. Served with thick slices of rustic bread and hard cheeses on the side this is a delite! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/06/2007
Like others I made a few additions - a whole can of paste sliced carrots doubled garlic doubled cumin 3-4 pinches each of dried cilantro and curry powder. Didn't saute anything first just threw it all in the pot. SOOOOOOOOOO GOOD. Thank you for this amazingly easy and healthy recipe! I'm going to make this all the time. (By the way the additional tomato paste also adds more color to the soup so it's not as drab-looking if you care about that sort of thing!) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/08/2007
Taking hints from other reviews I snazzed up the seasonings and got a hit! When my teenagers will eat a hearty healthy soup like this one and ask for seconds we have success. I sauteed the onion 4 cloves of garlic and two bay leaves in olive oil then added the rest of the ingredients including two chicken bullion cubes since I keep my homemade stock on the plain side. I salted and peppered throughout the cooking process as needed and even added a dash or two of garlic powder at the end. I think one must look at this as a soup that one must season to taste. We love it! I served it with Italian bread bowls from this site; YUM! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
02/06/2003
very bland and I wound up throwing ot out. No one seemed to like it at my home Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/11/2003
Instead of the tomato paste I made it with a cup of spaghetti sauce and added chopped celery and 1/4 teaspoon of garlic salt. My husband loved it so did I!! Easy and delicious. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/19/2004
Lentil is the easiest bean soup to make and this is one I will continue to make! I sauteed some bacon and removed leaving the grease to saute the onion carrot(added) and garlic. I added the remaining ingrediants along with some tumeric. After 35 minutes I used the boat motor to puree. Stirred in some chopped spinach. Topped with sour cream bacon pieces and chives. Yummy! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/29/2007
very yummy and ridiculously easy! I added the whole little can of tomato paste so I don't know if that's a 1/4 cup. I also simmered it down to a stew-like consistency (about an hour more on way LOW). Excellent served in bread bowls. Will definitely make again. Read More
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