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Lentil Soup

This hearty, flavorful soup is a great meatless main in the colder months of fall and winter.
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Lentil Soup

Servings

6

Prep Time

10 minutes

Cook Time

60 minutes

Calories

0

Author:

Giada De Laurentiis

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Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (plus extra for drizzling)
  • 1 medium onion (chopped)
  • 2 carrots (peeled and chopped)
  • 2 celery stalks (chopped)
  • 2 garlic cloves (chopped)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 14 1/2-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1 pound lentils (approximately 1 1/4 cups)
  • 11 cups low-salt chicken broth
  • 4 to 6 fresh thyme sprigs
  • 2/3 cup dried elbow pasta
  • 1 cup shredded Parmesan

Instructions

  1. Heat the oil in a heavy large pot over medium heat. Add the onion, carrots, and celery. Add the garlic, salt, and pepper and saute until all the vegetables are tender, about 5 to 8 minutes. Add the tomatoes with their juices. Simmer until the juices evaporate a little and the tomatoes break down, stirring occasionally, about 8 minutes. Add the lentils and mix to coat. Add the broth and stir. Add the thyme sprigs. Bring to a boil over high heat. Cover and simmer over low heat until the lentils are almost tender, about 30 minutes.
  2. Stir in the pasta. Simmer until the pasta is tender but still firm to the bite, about 8 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  3. Ladle the soup into bowls. Sprinkle with the Parmesan, drizzle with olive oil, and serve.
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8 reviews & comments

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    Maria Fattibene
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    This is a delicious and easy soup! I leave out the pasta sometimes and use water to make it gluten-free and vegan. I like to drizzle a little balsamic on the top too. Very comforting on a rainy, cold day!

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    Diane Beitlich

    veggi broth will work but not water you will have a soup with no flavor.

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    Diane Beitlich
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    Jacki65 – You can use Veggie broth instead of chicken but not water there would be no flavor to the soup. I made this for the first time today and it was so good and so very easy to make. It really is a vegetable soup but with lentils. It is a keeper.

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    Patricia Garcia
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    sorry for posting four times…I thought it wasn't posting. Please remove duplicates…somehow it won't let me delete them

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    Penny Carlson
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    This was great. I added fresh spinach and topped it with homemade basil pesto instead of the olive oil and parm.

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    Patricia Garcia
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    Delicious, but I NEVER add the pasta into the soup, as it ruins leftovers by having the flabby, mushy pasta soak up all the broth

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    Jacqueline Jones

    Can I use vegetable broth or water in place of chicken broth?

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    Mary Elizabeth Guyton

    Thank you Giadzy. I will make this on New Years Day! Happy New Year Giadzy‼️🎉

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