Total Time
1hr 5mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 45 mins

My family enjoys this so much on cool nights. It's simple and comforting, with earthy flavors. Serve with a healthy bread for dunking!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Put all ingredients EXCEPT lemon juice in a large pot; stir well so the lentils don't stick to the bottom and burn. Bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce heat to a simmer and let cook, covered, 45 minutes.
  3. Stir in lemon juice and serve with bread; or,.
  4. For a thick and warming stew, stir a few spoonfuls of a leftover cooked grain into each bowl before serving: wild rice, brown rice and millet are all good options. Enjoy!
Most Helpful

I left out the swiss chard entirely and loved this recipe. Excellent soup for a cool evening or, if you're like me, nursing a cold.

gugoneff23 August 19, 2007

This is just great. Maybe I used a little more vegetables than I was supposed to, but the full recipe needs a huuuuuuuuge pot to fit comfortably. The gallon pot I used was almost overflowing... Anyway, it tastes amazing - the lentils give it real body. Mine ended up quite stew-like. Wish I could have found sodium-free veg stock, though... I used regular and omitted the salt instead.

Andy #3 January 18, 2007