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Now that it’s autumn I always add more soups to the menu. I love having a hot bowl of soup, a fresh roll and a crisp salad for dinner. This soup has great flavor and it is filling. If you have never worked with dried beans before, this is a great recipe to try. Lentils are very easy to cook. I usually make this recipe in the slow cooker but it can also be made on the stove.

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Servings

6

12

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Ingredients
Onion, chopped

1

2

3

4

5

6

Diced celery

1/2 C.

1 C.

1-1/2 C.

2 C.

2-1/2 C.

3 C.

Carrots, sliced

2

4

6

8

10

12

Minced garlic

1 t.

2 t.

1 T.

1 T. + 1 t.

1 T. + 2 t.

2 T.

Low sodium chicken broth

6 C.

12 C.

18 C.

24 C.

30 C.

36 C.

Dried lentils

1 C.

2 C.

3 C.

4 C.

5 C.

6 C.

Diced ham

1 C.

2 C.

3 C.

4 C.

5 C.

6 C.

Green or red bell pepper, diced

1

2

3

4

5

6

Salsa

1/2 C.

1 C.

1-1/2 C.

2 C.

2-1/2 C.

3 C.

Dried parsley

1 t.

2 t.

1 T.

1 T. + 1 t.

1 T. + 2 t.

2 T.

Italian seasoning

1 t.

2 t.

1 T.

1 T. + 1 t.

1 T. + 2 t.

2 T.

 

Assembly Directions:
Place the lentils in a colander. Examine the beans and remove dirt or stones. Rinse and drain the beans.
Slow cooker: Place all ingredients in slow cooker and cook on LOW for 6 to 8 hours or on HIGH for 4 to 5 hours.
Stovetop: Place all ingredients in a stock pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and cook for 30 minutes or until vegetables and lentils are tender.

Freezing Directions:
Allow the soup to cool. Package the soup in meal sized portions. Large plastic freezer containers and freezer bags work well. Seal, label and freeze.

Serving Directions:
Thaw and reheat.

Nutritional Info:
Per Serving: 231 Calories; 3g Fat (10.8% calories from fat); 25g Protein; 28g Carbohydrate; 12g Dietary Fiber; 13mg Cholesterol; 930mg Sodium.
Exchanges: 1 Grain (Starch); 2-1/2 Lean Meat; 1-1/2 Vegetable.

Carol Santee

Carol SanteeCarol is the co-author of the Big Book of Freezer Cooking and the author of 30 Day Gourmet’s Slow Cooker Freezer Favorites, Freezer Lunches To Go and Healthy Freezer Cooking eBooks. She is a computer information specialist and works for a computer software company.