Hearty Brown Lentil Soup

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This brown lentil soup is warming and filling. Mini meatballs, potatoes, and brown lentils come together to deliver a well-rounded meal in a bowl.

Nutritional info
per serving

Calories 282
Fat 11g
Saturated fat 2g
Carbohydrates 32g
Sodium 802mg
Fiber 7g
Protein 15g
Cholesterol 23mg

Hearty Brown Lentil Soup

12 cups
Servings
Prep time: Cook time: Total time:

Ingredients

  • 2 cups brown lentils, picked over and rinsed
  • 14 cups water
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • [1/4] cup long-grain rice
  • [1/2] lb. lean ground beef
  • 1 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 3 TB. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 TB. cumin
  • [1/2] cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 medium potatoes, peeled and medium diced

Directions

In a large pot over medium-low heat, combine brown lentils, water, and 1 teaspoon salt. Bring to a simmer, and cook, stirring occasionally, for 1 hour.

Remove the pot from heat. Using a handheld immersion blender or in a food processor fitted with a chopping blade, blend lentils for 1 or 2 minutes or until smooth. If desired, strain soup to remove any pulp from lentil skins.

Set the pot over low heat, add long-grain rice, and cook, stirring occasionally to stop rice from clumping, for 10 minutes.

In a small bowl, combine ground beef, [1/2] teaspoon salt, and [1/2] teaspoon black pepper. Form mixture into about 20 to 30 ([1/2]-inch) meatballs.

In a small skillet over medium heat, cook meatballs for 6 minutes, turning over every 2 minutes until browned on all sides. Add cooked meatballs to soup.

In the small skillet, heat extra-virgin olive oil. Add yellow onion, and saute for 5 minutes. Add onion to soup.

Add remaining [1/2] teaspoon salt, remaining [1/2] teaspoon black pepper, cumin, parsley, and potatoes to soup, and stir to combine. Cook for 5 minutes.

Remove from heat, and serve.

Mediterranean Morsel
Sometimes tiny pebbles or rocks or pieces of grain are included with the dry lentils. To ensure you remove all these stray bits, pick over the lentils. Pour the lentils onto a plate, and using your fingers, pick through the lentils, moving them around to be sure no pebbles or pieces of grain are in the mix.

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