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Nutrition Facts

Calories 314
  Calories from Fat 7 (2%)
(1%)Total Fat 1g
(1%)Saturated Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
(0%)Cholesterol 0mg
(18%)Sodium 438mg
(33%)Potassium 1167mg
Total Carbohydrate 59g
(94%)Dietary Fiber 23g
Sugars 7g
Sugar Alcohols 0g
(41%)Protein 20g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Nutrition facts are calculated by a food expert using nutritional values provided by the USDA for common products used as recipe ingredients. Actual nutritional values may differ depending on the amounts or products used and can be affected by cooking methods.

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My Mother’s Lentil Soup


  • 2 cups lentils, uncooked

  • 10 cups water

  • 1 medium onion, chopped

  • 2 medium carrots, chopped

  • 2 stalks celery, chopped

  • 3 medium new potatoes, cut in chunks

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 1 tsp salt (sea salt if on a corn-free diet*)

  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

  • Tabasco sauce, optional

Dependable, hearty, and nourishing, just like Mom! This soup is hearty enough to serve as a main dish, accompanied by bread and salad.


  • Combine all ingredients in a large soup pot. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to simmer.
  • Cook covered for about 45 minutes, until the lentils are soft and start to fall apart.
  • Some people prefer the lentils very soft, others prefer them a bit more chewy. Use your judgement! If a spicier soup is desired, add more salt or pepper, or even a splash or two of Tabasco sauce

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