Total Time
1hr 45mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 1 hr 30 mins

So good on a cold day!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Measure salt into a small bowl.
  2. Heat oil in a large pot.
  3. Add diced pork and a sprinkle of salt.
  4. Cook, stirring, over medium-high heat until browned.
  5. Stir in the celery, onion, garlic, carrots, and a sprinkle of salt.
  6. Stir and cook until they start to soften, about 10 minutes.
  7. Stir in water and lentils.
  8. Bring to a boil.
  9. Reduce heat and cook, covered, for 20 minutes.
  10. Stir in the tomatoes, brown rice, remaining salt, pepper, cumin, and pepper flakes.
  11. Bring just to a boil.
  12. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 45- 60 minutes, until done.
Most Helpful

I substituted 2 lamb chops for the pork, didnt have celery so doubled the carrots, had crushed tomatoes instead of diced, and I cut the salt down and used 3 cups low sodium beef stock and 3 cups water. Turned out very good, was a big hit.

amaineman January 23, 2011

This was good. I omitted the pork. I did not have fresh celery, so had to use some dried celery flakes. Also, since I have an aversion to chunks of tomatoes in my soup, I skipped the tomatoes, but at the end added in some tomato sauce. Overall, I found it too salty. I will cut down considerably on the salt next time. And also add more liquid. Perhaps it was my lack of tomatoes, but this was more like a stew than a soup. Adding some extra water worked out fine, as it also cut the salt a bit. Thanks for posting....from a lentil LOVER!

Ms*Bindy February 09, 2006

Yum! I happened to have ground turkey around instead of pork, so I used that, and it worked fine. Tastes like a very good minestrone, only without the starchy pasta. A keeper.

LemonLye December 05, 2005