42 Reviews

I usually pick one or two Zaar recipes a week to make for my husband and I to take for lunch. This was it for last week. Wow, SG, we both thought your soup was delicious. Not hard to make either. I didn't add any extra stock or water because we like a thick, hearty soup/stew. Just added some salt and pepper but otherwise the seaoning was perfect. This is a wonderful cold weather meal and healthy too. Thanks for sharing it.

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ratherbeswimmin' March 08, 2003

I love this recipe! I usually use chicken broth instead of veggie, and dark lentils instead of red (red are hard to find here). Sometimes I add a can of petite diced tomatoes. Today I added diced precooked chicken breasts (had some left over from dinner) and pastina (tiny star shaped pasta), sometimes I add turkey sausage (I cook for severe carnivores). I couldn't find my wine vinegar, so today I added basalmic vinegar. I always cook my onions and carrots with the spices prior to adding the broth. After I tried this recipe the first time I always make a double batch, It's even better the second day.

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nursraerae_10870211 August 08, 2010

I used green lentils and added diced cooked potatoes and had a delicious one dish meal. Since I used chicken broth, omitted the salt and pepper and it still turned out delish. Prep time was fast, cooking was fast and easy. Even my fussy husband loved it. Thanx for sharing.

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HoitoFoodie February 18, 2014

A very simple but tasty lentil soup. From my experience with red lentils, I knew I wouldn't want to cook them for over an hour (too mushy!). So I sauteed the carrots, onion, and garlic first before adding in the other ingredients. I only cooked the soup for about 20 minutes after that. I also only added 1 tablespoon of red wine vinegar and that seemed sufficient. Another tablespoon might have overwhelmed it for me, although I think this is a matter of personal preference. The only reason this loses a star is that it seems to be lacking depth. Maybe another spice or two would help? I might experiment next time I make it!

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Laughing in the Kitchen November 30, 2012

I doubled the recipe, added more garlic and onions, also threw in celery and 1 jalapeno. I made it wih dark lentils since i didn't have red ones. This soup is fantastic! thank you!

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marzu June 13, 2012

Delicious.. doubled the garlic, and sauteed the aromatics first, but other than that, just delicious, simple soup.

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zeluna28 February 12, 2012

This was good. I added a couple of big potatoes, diced, and a couple sticks of celery. Also thought it needed some more flavor, so I added a scant tsp of Better Than Bouillon. The recipe calls for some oil, but doesn't say how to use it. I didn't use any. This recipe calls for 1 1/2 hour cook time, and that seems to be fairly accurate; mine cooked in just over an hour, mostly because I was waiting for the potatoes to soften.

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Grace-AK January 10, 2012

This was not for me. I've never had lentil soup before, so not sure what to compare it to, but I didn't care for the taste of it.

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Knight family October 28, 2011

Fabulous! I didn't have to change a thing. I have made this recipe several times but last night forgot the vinegar. It was still fabulous...with or without, this recipe is great. My soup isn't thick but I don't mind.

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ruthrh May 25, 2011

Wonderful taste and so easy to make. I'll have this often, thanks for posting!

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CaliforniaJan April 01, 2010
Garlic Lentil Soup