Lentil Soup; the art of learning new stuff

Mon mari had a cold a few weeks ago. When he’s feeling ‘less than 100%’ he likes to be left alone.

For him, that means that if / when he’s hungry he’ll fix himself something to eat – usually soft-boiled eggs. If he wants something from me he’ll let me know otherwise leave him alone.

For me, that means that I am cooking for one so I immediately get to decide which of the few things I like and he doesn’t that I’m going to cook for myself

It almost always ends up being soup.

I love soup. He’s impartial.

This time I decided on Lentil Soup….

He may be impartial to soup but he thoroughly hates lentils.

I also love lentils.

The best part was (as I had already done the shopping for the week) I was able to make this from the pantry…. No need to go back to the market.

I’m guessing this recipe will serve around 6 as I happily ate it for lunch and dinner for 3 days.

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Lentil Soup

This was accidentally vegetarian, as I made it with what was in my pantry. Add ham or bacon if you like.

  • Author: Katie Zeller
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Soup


  • 3/4 cup (5oz, 150gr) small, green lentils ‘du Puy’ or tan lentils 
  • 3/4 cup (5oz, 150gr) red or coral lentils
  • 3/4 cup (5oz, 150gr) Beluga or tiny clack lentils
  • 1 medium carrot, chopped
  • 1 rib celery, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 6 cups (48oz, 1440ml) of vegetable stock
  • 2 cups (15oz, 450gr) whole tomatoes, peeled, chopped, juices reserved
  • 1 cup (8oz, 250ml) tomato sauce, optional
  • 1 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1 tbs olive oil 


  • In 4 qt (litre) pot sauté onion, garlic, celery and carrot in olive oil until tender and starting to color. 
  • Add paprika, cumin and sauté 1 minute longer.
  • Add lentils, herbs, tomatoes with their juices, stock and bring to a boil. 
  • Cover, reduce heat and simmer until lentils are tender, about 30 – 35 minutes.
  • Add tomato sauce if you want a thicker soup and simmer 5 minutes longer.


You can use all of one kind of lentil or any combination you like. Coral lentils tend to disappear into the soup while the other 2 will hold their shape.

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Three Lentil Soup

Things have been quiet here. We’ve had constant rain so it hasn’t been possible to get outside and do spring stuff.

Being stuck inside has given my lots of time to get my new computer set-up. It’s the little things that drive me crazy. If I did this professionally I would probably be aware of all the bizarre things that happen…. Like why were all of my files write-protected after I restored them?

Nothing critical, but it took me awhile to remember that I had to change my admin status in order to turn off the ‘read-only’. state. If I did this every day – or even every month, I would know that without thinking.

And why is my new, clean installation of Win 10 operating system different than the one I’ve been using, and updating, for 5 years? Not huge differences…. Most people wouldn’t notice. But mon mari gets my old computer now (his was still using Win 7) so I have to set it up for him. Having just restored my files to my new computer, restoring his files to the old one pointed out a few differences.

Learning new things is important…. keeps one young and all that.

I think I’m about done with it for this year.

Oh…. I learned one more thing: Ethernet cables can wear out and / or become outdated. My internet slides from great to abysmal over the course of a few hours. I re-boot and it’s starts over at great. My new one arrives tomorrow.


4 thoughts on “Lentil Soup; the art of learning new stuff”

  1. I can only find red lentils here. Would this work with just the one kind? Because it looks delicious!

    As MS updates Windows 10, any new installation gets the newest version. Since you did a clean install of the latest version, the platform was also the latest update. That’s why it looks different.

    And I’m just mentioning, your Archive box here on the blog is overlaid and following the scroll down the page. If it’s supposed to, great. I just never noticed that before.

    • Everything is always just a little different lol. The Archive box is new as the old plugin hadn’t been updated in 8 years. I couldn’t find a decent replacement. Apparently, that’s not important anymore…. It occurred to me that I could be the only one that references the archive….
      As to your question – no, it’s not supposed to do that and, of course, it doesn’t do it for me.

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