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    Lentil Minestrone Soup

    Lentil Minestrone Soup. Photo by PaulaG

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    1 hr 5 mins

    20 mins

    45 mins

    Sharon123's Note:

    This is one of Deborah Madison's(of Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone cookbook fame) favorite soup recipes of all time. It's even better the second day! Add the cooked pasta and greens just before serving so the retain their color and texture. Enjoy!

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    1. 1
      Heat the oil in a wide soup pot with the onions. Saute over high heat, stirring frequently, until lightly browned, about 10 minutes.
    2. 2
      Add the tomato paste, parsley, garlic, vegetables, and 2 teaspoons salt and cook 3 minutes more.
    3. 3
      Add the lentils, bay leaves, parsley and thyme sprigs, and water and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer, partially covered, for 30 minutes.
    4. 4
      Taste for salt and season with pepper to taste. If it needs more depth, add soy sauce to taste, starting with 1 tbls. The soup may seem a little bland at this point, but the flavors will come together when the soup is finished. Remove the bay leaves, parsley and thyme sprigs.
    5. 5
      Boil the greens in salted water until they are tender and bright green, then chop them coarsely.
    6. 6
      When ready to serve, add the greens and pasta to the soup and heat through.
    7. 7
      Serve with extra virgin olive oil drizzled into each bowl, a generous grind of black pepper, and the shaved Parmesan cheese.
    8. 8

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on March 16, 2011


      I love lentils and this was an excellent vegetarian dinner. It was served with shaved parmesan and gluten free corn muffins. I did not have the tomato paste but tossed in a handful of sun-dried tomatoes. I used gluten free penne pasta. The soup was delicious the next day for lunch. Thanks Sharon for another great recipe.

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    Nutritional Facts for Lentil Minestrone Soup

    Serving Size: 1 (3261 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 387.9
    Calories from Fat 73
    Total Fat 8.1 g
    Saturated Fat 1.1 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 141.7 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 62.0 g
    Dietary Fiber 19.3 g
    Sugars 8.3 g
    Protein 17.9 g

    The following items or measurements are not included:

    fresh thyme sprigs


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