Lentil Soup

100_4754This soup is good and good for you!  This recipe is also proof that I’ve learned to eat my veggies.  I’m a good girl now.


1 bag dried lentils (rinse)

5 peeled and chopped carrots

1 bag baby spinach

1 large onion (chopped)

6 cloves garlic (pressed or chopped)

1 lb. ground beef

4 large beef bullion cubes (if you use the tiny ones, double it)

3 tsp. basil

2 tsp. parsley

1 tsp. pepper

1 1/2 tsp. kosher salt

2 bay leaves

12 cups water

1 29oz can petite diced tomatoes

1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

In a large pot, brown beef and drain off fat.  Add onion and garlic and saute for a few minutes.  Add water and all other ingredients except for the spinach and parmesan cheese.  Bring to a rolling boil and then simmer on med/low for about 1 1/2 hours.  During the last half hour, add the spinach and parmesan cheese.  This makes A LOT of soup, so invite company or freeze it.

If you’d like, you can substitute the ground beef for sweet Italian sausage and add 1 cup red wine – for cooking, not drinking. 😉


You can make it vegetarian by leaving out the meat.

I’m all about options.

I also made these rolls from The Pioneer woman, except I substituted the rosemary for garlic.

100_4757You MUST make them.  For the recipe, click HERE.  While you’re over there, grab her chicken parmesan recipe.  It’s heavenly.

I must be hungry tonight.


The next installment of FringeLove will be posted by Monday evening.  Hope you all had a good weekend.

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12 thoughts on “Lentil Soup

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  2. Dani Joy

    This looks familiar! jeje.. I really want to make this. It looks so yum!

    It works for the Crunch too! yippee!!

    It´s a two fer one! great job!

    DAni JOy

  3. thedomesticfringe Post author


    This morning, I forget to add the diced tomatoes to the list. Sorry. I knew I was forgetting something, but just couldn’t think of it. Tonight it hit me as I was eating my leftover soup.


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