Brown Rice-Lentil Soup

"So good on a cold day!"
 
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Ready In:
1hr 45mins
Ingredients:
14
Serves:
4-6
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ingredients

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directions

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

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Reviews

  1. amaineman
    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.
     
  2. MsBindy
    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!
     
  3. ladyirony
    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.
     
  4. ClareVH
    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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  1. amaineman
    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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