I wanted to make something substantial involving lentils... and this was truly delicious and colorful. My steak-and- potatoes-lovin' husband thought it was great, and he didn't even complain that it didn't have actual meat in it. Garnish with grated Romano or Parmesan cheese and serve with a nice crusty homemade bread.

lmac

Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
20 mins
additional:
30 mins
total:
1 hr 20 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Saute carrots, celery, onion, and garlic until onion is translucent, about 5 minutes.

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  • Meanwhile, rinse lentils. Combine water, tomatoes, bouillon, and bay leaf in a large pot on medium heat. Add carrot mixture and lentils. Simmer for about 7 minutes. Add pasta and cook for 3 minutes. Add zucchini and squash; cook until tender but not mushy, about 5 minutes. Add basil, oregano, and pepper.

  • Remove soup from heat and let sit for 30 minutes, covered.

Cook's Note:

I used chicken broth/boullion, but for a vegetarian meal, use vegetable broth.

Nutrition Facts

217 calories; protein 11.8g; carbohydrates 36.8g; fat 3.1g; cholesterol 0.3mg; sodium 894.6mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (9)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/14/2019
I made a lot of changes because I just personalize everything. I added parsnips and didn't put zucchini. I thought it was scrumptious besides that! Enjoy! Read More

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/11/2018
I was looking forward to a nice warm bowl of hearty soup on this chilly evening. I was a little hesitant on the cook time of the lentils but figured I'd just make it as written. I was right - after cooking for only 15 mins and sitting for 30 the lentils were nowhere done. I had to put the soup back on heat and simmer for an additional 15 mins but by then the pasta and zucchini/squash was mush and I also had to add an additional cup of liquid. My recommendation is after adding the carrot mixture and lentils simmer for at least 20-25 minutes (instead of 7) before continuing on with the rest of the recipe. You will also likely need to add additional salt to your tastes. I used ditalini pasta because that's what I had on hand. Thankfully I snapped a pic before the additional round of simmering while the vegetable colors were still nice and vibrant. Read More
(8)
12 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 7
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 3 stars
12/11/2018
I was looking forward to a nice warm bowl of hearty soup on this chilly evening. I was a little hesitant on the cook time of the lentils but figured I'd just make it as written. I was right - after cooking for only 15 mins and sitting for 30 the lentils were nowhere done. I had to put the soup back on heat and simmer for an additional 15 mins but by then the pasta and zucchini/squash was mush and I also had to add an additional cup of liquid. My recommendation is after adding the carrot mixture and lentils simmer for at least 20-25 minutes (instead of 7) before continuing on with the rest of the recipe. You will also likely need to add additional salt to your tastes. I used ditalini pasta because that's what I had on hand. Thankfully I snapped a pic before the additional round of simmering while the vegetable colors were still nice and vibrant. Read More
(8)
Rating: 3 stars
12/31/2018
I do want to make this recipe but the cooking time sounds way too short. Should the cooking time to be longer? Read More
(1)
Rating: 5 stars
12/14/2019
I made a lot of changes because I just personalize everything. I added parsnips and didn't put zucchini. I thought it was scrumptious besides that! Enjoy! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/13/2019
This was very yummy, and very filling. I used chicken broth instead of the boullion and water. For some reason I thought there was ground beef in it, but when I was adding the ingredients realized there wasn't. I added it anyway and it wasn't a bad addition. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
02/05/2019
Easy to make easy to find ingredients really tasty. Vey filling. Great on a cold winter nite. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/18/2021
I pretty much followed the recipe except I did use two cartons of chicken broth instead of the water and added bouillon as I needed more broth. I then added pre-cooked chicken breast I diced up. It turned out delicious. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/03/2019
I found it hard to chose how many stars to give this recipe. As the previous reviewer said the cooking time is way off but the flavor of the soup is fantastic so I decided on 4 stars because it was too yummy to go lower. Here is how I made it and it was cooked perfectly. Instead of cooking the lentils for 7 minutes before adding the pasta I cooked them for about 30-40 minutes. I started with 20 minutes and tasted the lentils which were still very firm and kept adding an additional 5 minutes until they were tender. Then added the pasta and another cup of liquid (broth) and cooked for 3 minutes. Then added the squash and another cup of broth and cooked an additional 5-8 minutes. Done and delicious. Next time I will add the pasta and squash at the same time. BTW I didn t add any oregano (don t care for it) and I used a large can of diced tomatoes instead of the Italian tomatoes called for. I thought this soup had a very fresh taste to it. I will make this again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/05/2019
This soup recipe is amazing! Even my picky son gobbled it up. We had it for lunch and dinner for 3 days in a row YUM! The only thing I changed was to cook the lentils ahead of time with 6 cups of chicken broth and this guaranteed the lentils were tender plus cooking lentils and tomatoes together typically makes lentils tough. Google "Lentils 101" great info on cooking different kinds of lentils. Served the soup with spinach biscuits ( found the biscuit recipe online if I can find it again I'll update this review:) Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/06/2019
I love this soup. The cook timing of each step took longer than recipient stated. Delicious and hearty. Read More
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