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Lentil and Meatball Soup

April 10, 2013

The good news and the bad news.  It was a day of decision/go shopping or finish off the contents of the refrigerator.  I made the right choice.  This is a delicious soup but probably will not be made in my home for at least 6 months.  Hello South Florida.  And I may have been about two days late.  Once the heat hits me here foods seem to be chilled, including soups.

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Lentil and Meatball Soup

Ingredients

  • 20-24 Meatballs (previously made) (click on meatballs if you would like a recipe)
  • 3 T. Olive Oil
  • 1 Medium Onion (diced)
  • 3 Medium Carrots (diced)
  • 2 Lg. Celery Stalks (diced)
  • 2 Garlic Cloves (minced)
  • Salt and Freshly Ground Pepper
  • 1 14.5 oz Can Diced Tomatoes
  • 1 C. Lentils
  • 8 C. Chicken Stock (may substitute Veg. Stock)
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 5-6 Fresh Thyme Sprigs
  • 1 Bag Fresh Spinach (
  • Freshly Grated Parmesan Cheese

Preparation

  1. Prepare the meatballs and set aside
  2. Saute the onion, carrots and celery in the oil for a few moments; add the garlic, salt and pepper and saute until all vegetable are tender (approx. 8 min.)
  3. Add the tomatoes with the juices; simmer until the liquid evaporates a little and the tomatoes break down; stir occasionally
  4. Add the lentils and stir well; add the broth and combine; add the thyme and bring to a boil on high heat; cover and simmer until lentils are almost tender (30-45-minutes)
  5. Add the prepared meatballs and carefully stir until heated thoroughly
  6. Prior to serving; stir in the spinach and let heat for a few moments
  7. Serve in warmed bowls and garnish with Parmesan Cheese

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(Serves 8)

Recipe from “the refrigerator”

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. May 1, 2013 23:16

    Thank you so much for your visit and the lentil with meatball stew will be a staple for me. Enjoy.

  2. April 27, 2013 21:09

    I love that I saw this recipe! I was having the exact same dilemma. I have some lentils and ground meat and a few other pantry staples but not really up for a run to the store! I kept seeing meatballs and lentil stew in my head but wasn’t sure if it was a good idea. Thanks for the post…time to cook.

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