Lentil Soup

Lentil Soup

12 reviews, 5 star(s). 100% would make again

Ready in 50 minutes

Lentils cooked in broth with carrots, onions and celery warms your insides when the weather is cold outside.


4 thick slices bacon; diced
1 large Onion; chopped
2 medium carrots; peeled and sliced
3 stalks of Celery; sliced
3 plum tomatoes; peeled and chopped
1 16-oz package brown lentils
3 teaspoons kosher salt; or to taste
0.5 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves; chopped
3 bay leaves
8 cups hot chicken broth; (up to 10 cups)
1 bunch broccoli rabe; chopped in 2 inch pieces
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Original recipe makes 6



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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Lentil Soup

Lentil Soup

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jillyfish 1y ago

With the bacon and broccoli...great combo of flavors!
Valerie411 2y ago

marwamp 2y ago

Very 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.
KZinn 3y ago

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 3y ago

Made just as directed, delicious
Jilliesmother 4y ago

Made as posted,excellent.
Jilliesmother 4y ago

This was excellent and I am not a fan of vegetables.
Jilliesmother 4y ago

OMG this was good :) LOVED IT! I thought about the chard, but used regular brocoli instead....turned out great!
Kpbongos 5y ago

This is the best lentil soup I've ever had!
sherlocki 6y ago

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