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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.

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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!

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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.

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LemonLye December 05, 2005

This was excellent. I did make a couple of changes (of course). I fried a few strips of bacon and used the bacon fat to saute the veggies and pork. I did not have a 28 oz can of tomatoes, so I used 2 14.5 oz cans of diced tomatoes-one with green chiles-and omitted the pepper flakes. This was actually better the next day, although the rice continued to absorb moisture and it was no longer actually "soup". Not a problem! I just ladled some into a bowl and added V8 juice until it became soup again. I ate it all week for lunch at work. After microwaving, I stirred in a big dollop of sour cream. So good!

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ClareVH February 12, 2004
Brown Rice-Lentil Soup