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Lentil Soup Mom’s Style

8 Nov

I am a self-proclaimed non-lover of beans…  I have mentioned this to you time and time and time and time again

But my first revelations into beans was a lentil cocido my mom made once when I used to live with her.  I just loved the flavors and I couldn’t believe I was actually enjoying eating beans BY THEMSELVES!!!  How could that be??

Last week my sister asked my mom to make lentil soup and this is the recipe she made…  I tried copying everything and watching everything as closely as possible.




1 package of dried lentils
1 medium yellow onion, diced
1 medium green pepper, diced
2 medium carrots, peeled and sliced
About 1 ½ cups of chopped pumpkin, about ½” cubes
1 can of stewed tomatoes
2 garlic cloves, minced
About 2 tbs olive oil
4 cups of vegetable broth
About 2 more cups of Water
1 tsp oregano
A pinch of cumin
About 1 tbs of Salt
Freshly Ground Pepper to Taste
  1. In a large stock pot on medium-hi heat sauté the onions, peppers, carrots, pumpkin and garlic with the olive oil.    When the vegetables soften a bit add the lentils and sauté.
  2. Add the stewed tomatoes, vegetable broth, and water.  Bring to a rolling boil.
  3. Season with the salt, pepper, oregano and cumin.
  4. Let the lentils boil for about 10 minutes.  Cover the pot for another 5 minutes and turn off the stove and let the lentils finish cooking with all the heat and steam inside the pot.  
  5. Allow the soup to rest for about 30 minutes before serving.  Before that it’ll be too hot in my opinion for people to enjoy the flavors.


My mom, in her interest to try the soup ASAP, burned the ceiling of her mouth.  I enjoyed it a lot with fresh pieces of tomato sprinkled in on top of the soup.  It’s amazing but I actually crave these lentils… amazing no?

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