Sunday, June 19, 2011

SPINACH LENTIL SOUP


~ allrecipes

1/3 c. uncooked white rice
2/3 c. water
1 t. vegetable oil
4 oz. kielbasa, chopped
1 onion, chopped
1 carrot, chopped
1/2 t. crushed red pepper flakes
6 c. water
2 c. chicken broth
1 c. dry lentils
10 oz. fresh spinach, chopped

In a pot, bring the rice and water to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer 20 minutes.

Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat, and cook the kielbasa until lightly browned. Mix in onion and carrot, and red pepper. Cook and stir until tender. Pour in the water and broth, and mix in lentils. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer 25 minutes.

Stir the cooked rice and spinach into the soup, and continue cooking 5 minutes before serving.

Makes about ten cups.

Notes: After reading the reviews on allrecipes, I made a few changes. First, I add the 2/3 cup of water and uncooked rice to the pot along with the lentils and the rest of the liquids or I just leave it out entirely. Second, I use 8 cups of liquid, with the amounts of water and broth varying from time to time. Third, I throw in 3-4 cloves of chopped garlic, double the kielbasa, and add a couple extra carrots. It's delicious!


1 comment:

Lorinda said...

This looks delicious! Two of our favorite foods! I made up a soup with lentils and spinach that my kids love and ask for. (And we're all excited to now be living where it's easy to find lentils!)