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Lentil Soup Will Cook Up Great in a Dutch Oven Too!


In the picture I have the soup in a bread bowl. I made them by making up the "Best Yet Whole Wheat Bread" dough and making big round blobs and putting them on a cookie sheet to rise! You can get about 3 or 4 per sheet depending on how big you make them. Cook at the same temperature till done! We then cut a round hole in the top and scoop out the center. Which we love to eat and dip in the soup. You could easily bake these up and put in ziplocks to use while camping. The soup cooks up great in a dutch oven and the bowls would make it nice and filling! Or you could just have rolls or bread made that would be good too and maybe a little easier for camping!

French Lentil Soup
3 tablespoons extra–virgin olive oil
2 cups chopped onions
1 cup chopped celery stalks plus chopped celery leaves for garnish
1 cup chopped carrots
2 garlic cloves, minced
4 cups (or more) vegetable broth
1 1/4 cups lentils
1 14 1/2–ounce can diced tomatoes in juice
Balsamic vinegar (optional but I think it's a must)

Heat oil in a dutch oven. Add onions, celery, carrots, and garlic; sauté until vegetables begin to brown, about 5 minutes. Add 4 cups broth, lentils, and tomatoes with juice and bring to boil. Reduce heat cover, and simmer until lentils are tender, about 35 minutes. With potato masher stir and mash up some of the beans NOT ALL! (If you don't have a potato masher with you while camping totally don't even worry about this part;) You may thin soup with more broth or water by 1/4 cupfuls, if too thick. Season with salt, pepper, and a splash of vinegar, if desired.



Permission to Mother said...

Looks like another winner! Your husband is Okay with all this? Mine throws a tantrum when he sees vegetarian meals. It would be really nice to have partner support. Sigh.

Kate said...

I never thought of making my own bread bowls! fantastic idea! The recipe makes me excited for fall, I will definatly try this one out :)

Tammie said...

permission: my husband is totally okay with all this! In fact he's the one that encouraged me to try lentils cause he really liked them! BUT it was not always like this I will have to post about that sometime. (it's to long of a story to put here ;) It is so much easier if you have support! Does your husband like to read?

The Cooking Lady said...

How much of the liquid form the soup is absorbed into the bowl of bread? And does the bowl fall apart from all the liquid absorption?

I am thinking that enough is absorbed to take the place of sopping up, the way most folks do with bread and soup!

Tammie said...

cooking lady: Actually it's not too bad. I have not noticed the bread bowls to get soggy or fall apart. Of course we rip them apart and eat them! ;) I would for sure want a bowl or plate or something underthem just in case! I usually have the "soup" pretty thick too. But we have used the bread bowls for my No-Fuss Potato soup which is more runny and there always seems to be plenty to "sop- up" We think they are lots of fun to eat!

Brigit Gaia said...

I love the bread bowl idea! Cool :)

Red said...

I am on my way to make this as we speak. The recipe is printing as I type this comment, wish me luck.

Tara B. said...

This looks yummy!! Printing it up to give it a try, thanks for sharing!

The Cooking Lady said...

WE had this last night for dinner along with another new dish my daughter made, Fettucini Alfredo. Yes, I made it to 46 and never ate Alfredo. I will no be making that mistake again.

The soup was a perfect compliment to the dish. Thanks for having such a great recipe, but next time I will amke sure there is a bread bowl.

Tara B. said...

Finally got around to making this last night and it was a hit!! Even my picky little guy requested it again tonite!

Thanks for sharing such a great recipe!