Ready in 50 minutes
Lentils cooked in broth with carrots, onions and celery warms your insides when the weather is cold outside.
"Never tried lentil soup and made this recipe using regular broccoli, froze some for lunch later, glad I did because everyone in my family wolfed it down as fast as possible! Everyone at work loved it too!"- Sbunting66
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In 5-quart Dutch oven or large sauce pot over medium-high heat, fry bacon until lightly browned. Drain on paper towels and set aside.
To the pan drippings, add onion, carrots, celery and over medium heat, cook until onions are tender, about 8-10 minutes.
Add tomatoes, lentils, pepper, thyme, bay leaves, 8 cups hot broth, and 2 teaspoons salt.
Cover, bring to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer and cook 30 to 45 minutes or until lentils are tender. Discard the bay leaves before adding the broccoli rabe.
Add broccoli rabe and bacon the last 10-15 minutes of cooking time. Taste for salt and if needed, add the additional teaspoon. If the soup needs more liquid, add the additional 2 cups of broth.
Stir in the lemon juice and drizzle the olive oil on top before serving.
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marwamp 1 month agoFlavorful.
KZinn 11 month agoVery very good for lentil soup! Love the bacon idea, it adds so much depth in flavor. Many members of my family got up for seconds. I'll certainly keep this recipe in my favorites.
Sbunting66 1 year agoNever tried lentil soup and made this recipe using regular broccoli, froze some for lunch later, glad I did because everyone in my family wolfed it down as fast as possible! Everyone at work loved it too!
Jilliesmother 1 year agoMade just as directed, delicious
Jilliesmother 1 year agoMade as posted,excellent.
Jilliesmother 1 year agoThis was excellent and I am not a fan of vegetables.
Kpbongos 2 years agoOMG this was good :) LOVED IT! I thought about the chard, but used regular brocoli instead....turned out great!
sherlocki 4 years agoThis is the best lentil soup I've ever had!
weckle 4 years agoThe last 10 to 15 minutes of cooking, I have added chopped Swiss chard in place of the broccoli rabe with excellent results.
weckle 4 years agoLentils do not require soaking before cooking. [I posted this recipe.]