First of the Season…

Here in Nashville we went from 100 degrees to 60 in a 24 hour period. Yikes! One day short sleeves, the next a sweater. I'm still waiting for it to warm up some. Hope springs eternal, right? On Monday I finally couldn't stand it anymore and had to make a pot of soup to take the chill out of my bones. I have been making this soup for years, since big girl was tiny. I never followed a recipe, just threw things in a pot, but my family loves it. I finally had enough requests for an actual recipe that I wrote it down a while back.

Teresa's Vegetable Lentil Soup

1 cup red lentils
1 cup green lentils (both washed)
1/2 medium onion diced
12 cups vegetable broth (I use this kind and LOVE it, organic, fair trade, I get it at Whole Foods, I even brought some on the boat with me)
3 bay leaves
3 stalks celery diced
3 1/2 cups chopped broccoli (can be frozen, if so, one bag)
2 cups peas (can be frozen, one bag)
2 cups carrots (cut in circles)
1 1/2 cups small pasta (ABC's, O's, small shells, stars, etc)
*if desired, you can also add mushrooms, beans, corn, etc.

Pour all broth in stock pot on stove on high, add rinsed lentils and
bring to a boil for 20 minutes until lentils are soft, add onion,
carrots, bay leaves, and celery, cook on Med-high for 15-20 min.
Reduce heat to Med-low add Broccoli, peas, and pasta and cook until
pasta is tender. Reduce heat to low and let all flavors simmer and
mix, add salt and pepper to taste. Add cooked/diced chicken or turkey if

Goes great with buttered bread! :)

Happy Friday! Teresa


Kristen Baird said...


Green Bag Lady Teresa said...

Thanks Kristen, you should try the bread too! Miss you in class!

Sheila said...

Thanks , this looks yummy and I love homemade soups!

Lee said...

Thanks for the recipe - vegetarian too which we are and in Mich. the weather did the same thing! Off to make some soup today!

Green Bag Lady Teresa said...

Lee, I am a vegetarian too but my hubby is not, hence the suggestion to add turkey or chicken. I hope it turned out well!

Green Bag Lady Teresa said...

Sheila, let me know if you make it!

Marivbg said...

How appetizing. Thanks for the recipe.

fara said...

Today I found out how many plastic bag s I used a week. It is sad .I decided to use green bag lady . I love to save earth.

Green Bag Lady Teresa said...

Thanks Fara!