Brown Rice-Lentil Soup
photo by MsBindy
- Ready In:
- 1hr 45mins
- 2 tablespoons oil
- 3⁄4 lb lean pork, diced
- 2 stalks celery, chopped
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 clove garlic, chopped
- 2 carrots, chopped
- 6 cups water
- 3⁄4 cup dry lentils
- 1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes
- 3⁄4 cup brown rice, uncooked
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1⁄8 teaspoon black pepper
- 1⁄2 teaspoon cumin
- 1⁄8 - 1⁄4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 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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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!
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!