Lentil Soup

This past Saturday, we were supposed to go away to visit friends. However, due to the anticipated snow storm, we ended up staying home for Shabbat. Instead of cholent, I made lentil soup.


1 lbs lentils

1 lbs stew meat

1 onion, chopped

2 stalks celery, chopped

3-4 carrots, peeled and chopped

1 parsnip, peeled and chopped

3 potatoes, peeled and quartered

2 bay leaves

1 tablespoon salt, to taste

1 teaspoon pepper,  to taste

1 teaspoon cumin

2 cloves garlic, crushed

Water to cover. If using the pressure cooker, use 3:1 ratio of water:lentils

Optional: add chopped fresh parsley or cilantro before serving


Sauté onions, carrots, celery and parsnips. Then add the spices, meat and lentils and continue to sauté until fragrant. Add potatoes, bay leaves and water.

Stove top: bring to boil and let simmer until done. Add garlic and adjust seasoning.

Pressure Cooker: 7 minutes to pressure and then release the pressure quickly by running cold water over the lid when done.

Crockpot: Cook on low until done. When using a crockpot, less water is required.

Before serving, adding chopped cilantro or parsley adds a nice gourmet touch.

This week, as I was time challenged, I just added all the ingredients into the crockpot and let it simmer all day. When I got home I adjusted the seasoning.

This can easily be made vegetarian by omitting the meat.

Yaffa could hardly wait to have it, and ate it for a snack!

Frankly, it came out great, but, Raizel is visiting my mother, so, I do not have any robust eaters at home.



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27 thoughts on “Lentil Soup

  1. White House Red Door January 26, 2016 at 8:24 AM Reply

    I love lentil soup! I use many of the same ingredients (though sausage instead of stew meat). I’ve never added parsnip, but that’s a great idea! Will remember that for next time…

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    • Cooking For The Time Challenged January 26, 2016 at 8:30 AM Reply

      Frankly, I usually don’t use parsnip either. I just had a lot of them and I wanted to use some up. I figure that parsnip is like using a white carrot. The flavor is similar. The only problem is that the color is less appealing and it is hard to tell it apart from the potato. Sausage is less popular in our house. I find that all of the flavor of the sausage goes into the soup. Then, no one eats the sausage!

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  2. Lynz Real Cooking January 26, 2016 at 9:49 AM Reply

    This looks very tasty and healthy! I love recipes with lentils, they are one of my favorite foods!

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  3. thelonelyauthorblog January 26, 2016 at 11:13 AM Reply

    Oh, God. It has been so long since I had lentil soup. You put me in the mood.

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  4. IreneDesign2011 January 26, 2016 at 3:10 PM Reply

    Your soup looks very delicious and I like to use both lentils and beans in my food.

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  5. anotherfoodieblogger January 26, 2016 at 6:24 PM Reply

    Lentil soup is perfect for the winter! There are so many ways to prepare it, this meaty version looks delicious!

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  6. Parul Singhal January 26, 2016 at 6:57 PM Reply

    Lentils soup looks so tempting…

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  7. OrganicIsBeautiful January 29, 2016 at 7:05 AM Reply

    It is my childwood favorite dish 🙂
    Sabrina – http://OrganicIsBeautiful.com

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  8. lynne hoareau January 29, 2016 at 11:42 AM Reply

    Another lovely recipe of yours, I will be trying 🙂

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  9. spearfruit January 31, 2016 at 9:34 AM Reply

    This Lentil soup looks very yummy. Honestly, I do not think I have ever had Lentil soup. 🙂

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  10. Inside Kel's Kitchen January 31, 2016 at 3:07 PM Reply

    I recently posted a recipe for a red lentil soup that was really good. If you’re interested you can find me at insidekelskitchen.wordpress.com. Have a great day!

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  11. Chitra Jagadish February 2, 2016 at 5:39 PM Reply

    Lentils are my favourite and this one looks so comforting. … 🙂 🙂

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  12. anchorkeidi February 8, 2016 at 2:18 AM Reply

    My tummy is rumbling reading all these recipes. WordPress has to enable a food sampling feature for people like us to taste bloggers’ food!

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