Lentil Soup

First appeared in Grainews in September 2018
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½ c.

raw lentils (or 2 c. cooked beans)

2 T.

olive oil


onion, chopped


slices smoked bacon, chopped


cloves garlic, minced


sweet bell pepper, diced

4 c.

chicken stock

1 c.

cooked shredded chicken

a handful of dried wild mushrooms

thyme, curry powder, cumin or other herbs and spices to taste

lemon juice to taste

salt and pepper to taste


Cook the lentils and mushrooms in unsalted water in separate pots until tender. Reserve with their cooking water. Heat the oil and sauté onion, bacon, garlic, and pepper until bacon is nearly crisp. Add seasoning to taste, along with the lentils and mushrooms and their cooking water, stock, and chicken. Bring to a boil, then add remaining ingredients.
lentil soup

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