Beef Lentil Soup
This easy Beef Lentil Soup recipe is so comforting and filling. Throw all the ingredients in your pot and let those delicious flavors simmer together to make a delicious meal everyone will love.
1 hr 35 mins
1 hr 50 mins
Course: SoupCuisine: AmericanKeyword: beef lentil soup, soup recipe Servings: 8 Calories: 275kcal Author: Joanna Cismaru
1 lb ground beef extra lean
1 medium onion chopped
2 medium carrots chopped
2 stalks celery chopped
2 cup cabbage shredded
1 cup dried lentils rinsed
1 small green bell pepper chopped
1 tsp salt or to taste
1/2 tsp pepper or to taste
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp thyme dried
1 bay leaf
6 cups water
2 cups tomato sauce
1 tbsp tomato paste
10 oz frozen spinach thawed, chopped
Brown the beef: Add the ground beef to a large soup pot and cook it until it’s no longer pink. If there’s a lot of fat left over, drain.
Cook the veggies: Saute the onion, carrots, celery, cabbage, lentils, bell pepper, salt, pepper, garlic powder, thyme, and cook for 5 minutes or until the onion softens. Stir in the tomato paste and toast for 30 seconds.
Finish the soup: Add water and the tomato sauce. Stir well and bring the soup to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer uncovered for 1 to 1 1/2 hours or until the lentils and vegetables are tender. Remove the bay leaf, stir in the chopped spinach, and serve.
Slow Cooker Instructions: I would still brown the ground beef first, then simply dump all the ingredients in the slow cooker and cook on LOW for 8 to 10 hours or on HIGH for 4 to 6 hours.
Leftovers: Once the soup has come to room temperature, store it in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 4 days.
Freezing: Let the soup fully cool down to room temperature. I like to store it in individually sized airtight containers for easier thawing, but you can, of course, store it all together in a large container. This will last 4-6 months frozen.
Thaw by either placing the soup in the fridge overnight, reheat it in a pot, or zap it in the microwave. If you reheat on the stovetop, you may need to add a splash of water. The lentils can absorb more liquid and create a thicker consistency when you reheat.
Calories: 275kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 725mg | Potassium: 868mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 142.1% | Vitamin C: 28.8% | Calcium: 10.2% | Iron: 24.7%