French Lentil Soup Recipe

Looking for an easy French Lentil Soup recipe? Learn how to make French Lentil Soup using healthy ingredients.


Submitted by heathaly

Makes 5 servings



From Simple Food (for winter), via Small Notebook

Recipe Ingredients for French Lentil Soup

1 1/2 cups French lentils
3/4 oz pancetta, diced
1 medium onion, diced
2 carrots, diced
1 turnip, diced
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
6 cups water
1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme

Recipe Directions for French Lentil Soup

  1. Place a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add bacon and cook for about five minutes until fat has been rendered.

  2. Add onions and carrots and season with a pinch of sea salt. Sauté until onions are translucent, about another five minutes. Add garlic and cook a minute further.

  3. Drain lentils, and add to the pot. Cover with stock and add thyme and bay leaf. Season with salt and pepper and bring to a simmer. Cover and simmer on low for 1 1/2 ? 2 hours or until lentils are tender.

  4. Taste and correct seasoning if desired. Serve hot with a dollop of crème fraîche.

  5. Note from Rachel: French lentils are the dark green kind. You can also use plain green lentils. Red lentils will taste good, but they?ll turn to mush. Even though the recipe tells you you?re supposed to soak the lentils first, I never plan ahead to do that, and it still turns out fine. Actually the whole recipe tastes better the second day, as all good soups and one-pot meals will do. A lot of times my family will serve it over brown rice.

Categories

Beans, Main Dish, Soup

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 419.8g
Amount Per Serving
Calories
256
Calories from Fat
22
% Daily Value*
Total Fat
2.5g
4%
Saturated Fat
0.7g
4%
Trans Fat
0.0g
Cholesterol
5mg
2%
Sodium
145mg
6%
Potassium
746mg
21%
Total Carbohydrates
41.6g
14%
Dietary Fiber
19.2g
77%
Sugars
4.2g
Protein
17.3g
Vitamin A 82% Vitamin C 19%
Calcium 7% Iron 28%
* Based on a 2000 calorie diet

Nutritional details are an estimate and should only be used as a guide for approximation.
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Health Information

Nutrition Grade
96% confidence
A
  Good points
  • Low in saturated fat
  • Very low in cholesterol
  • Very high in dietary fiber
  • High in iron
  • High in manganese
  • High in phosphorus
  • High in thiamin
  • Very high in vitamin A
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