Thursday, January 6, 2011

French Lentil Soup

Lentil Soup is one of the dishes my son Justin says he remembers from childhood. I was happy to hear this is a dish he often cooks now as an adult. I haven't made lentil soup in years. As I think back on it, I think the last time probably was when Justin was still living at home.

When I mentioned to Tim I was going to make lentil soup, I received the look. The look that says, where's the meat? I said it's okay, lentils are a great substitute for meat.

I found this recipe over at Tomatoes on the Vine. Velva has a great blog. If you haven't been there, stop by. You'll find some great recipes and an occasional special cocktail! I love the spice combinations in this soup. Lentils need spice or the soup can be too bland. This is a perfect soup for cold winter day.

French Lentil Rice Soup
Courtesy of Tomatoes on the Vine
Serves 4
6 cups chicken broth or vegetable broth
1 cup lentils, picked over and rinsed
2 medium carrots, peeled and finely diced
1 small onion, finely chopped
2 celery stalks, finely diced
3 tablespoons uncooked white rice
2 tablespoons minced garlic
1 teaspoon herbs de Provence or dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground white or black pepper
1/4 cup heavy cream or sour cream, divided (optional)
1/4 cup chopped parsley, divided (optional)

Stir together broth, lentils, carrots, onion, celery, rice, garlic, herbs de provence, salt and pepper in a slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours or on high for 4 to 5 hours.

Remove 1-1/2 cups soup and puree in a food processor or blender until almost smooth. Stir pureed soup back into the slow cooker.

Divide soup evenly among 4 serving bowls, garnishing each with 1 tablespoon cream and 1 tablespoon chopped parsley, if desired.

I am linking this to Foodie Friday at Designs by Gollum and Souper Sunday's at Kahakai Kitchen.


  1. Julie! What nice surprise to see the French Lentil recipe. Thank you for the shout-out, much appreciated.

    I really enjoyed this soup and I am glad that your family did too.

    My husband always wants to know where the meat is too. :-)


  2. It looks awesome, what a delicious looking soup!

  3. Delicious!! I see you are in Nebraska... I am originally from Nebraska.

  4. I don't think I have ever tried lentils, but this soup looks great. I love having soup in the winter!

  5. I may have to try your recipe. Lentil soup is not one of my favorites...

  6. Yummy! I love to make soups and especially one's in the slow cooker! This soup sounds perfect for a wintery day. And I think I have all of the ingredients righht on hand.
    You have a beautiful blog! What a delightful stop.


  7. This really sounds like a wonderful soup for our damp and gray winter days. As it happens, I don't have a great recipe for lentil soup, so your post is really timely. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

  8. Yum, another perfect meal for the cold weather. And it's no secret that I love slow cooker recipes!

  9. Like you,I haven't made lentil soup in ages. yet we love it. Lentil will be on my list for my next grocery shopping; Your soup sounds and looks great.

  10. I just bought some more lentils to make soup. Lentil soup is such a great, hearty dish. Thanks for sharing this with Souper Sundays. ;-)

  11. I love lentil soup and this one sounds so warm and comforting!

  12. I have never had lentil soup, I'll have to give it a try. Thanks for sharing with Fat Camp Friday, hope to see you back again next week with another great recipe!

  13. Hi Julie, I am trying to catch up with my foodie friends. Most days, the computer gives me a hard time and I have been mostly spending the time on my blogs.

    You have some good soups here. I have not made lentil soup and this would be a good surprise for hubby. He has almost every soup possible or it feels that way. Lentil would be a first.

    I would love it if you would link it to Let's Do Brunch.


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