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    Default Easy, cheap, tasty lentil soup!

    I made this last night, and it is a snap. I didn't even use the bacon or saute the vegetables this time, just put everything in the pot together, and it still came out delicious!

    Lentil and Brown Rice Soup with Bacon

    3 slices bacon, cut into ½ inch pieces
    3 carrots, chopped
    1 onion, chopped
    1 stalk of celery, chopped
    4 garlic cloves, minced
    7 cups chicken broth (or 7 c water and 2 ½ Tbsp Better than Bouillon)
    1 1/2 cups lentils, picked over and rinsed
    1 cup brown rice
    a 32- to 35-ounce can diced tomatoes with juice
    1/2 teaspoon crumbled dried basil
    1/2 teaspoon crumbled dried oregano
    1/4 teaspoon crumbled dried thyme
    1 bay leaf
    ¼ tsp dried thyme

    Heat a heavy pot over medium heat, add bacon and cook till crisp.

    Increase heat to medium-high, add vegetables and sauté until they start to brown, add garlic and cook for about 30 seconds.

    Stir in the broth, lentils, rice, tomatoes, basil, oregano, thyme, and the bay leaf, bring the liquid to a boil, and simmer the mixture, covered, stirring occasionally, for 45 to 55 minutes, or until the lentils and rice are tender.

    Stir in salt and pepper to taste. Discard the bay leaf. The soup will be thick and will thicken as it stands. Thin the soup, if desired, with additional hot chicken broth or water.

    Makes about 14 cups, serving 6 to 8.

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    This sounds good. I have a bag of lentils waiting for soup season.

    1/4 teaspoon crumbled dried thyme
    1 bay leaf
    ¼ tsp dried thyme
    Was thyme just typed out twice, or is there another spice that goes into it?

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    Woops, at one point I experimented with adding more thyme at the end - that's what that is all about. IIRC, the original recipe had some fresh herbs added at the end, so you could always play around with that. I didn't add extra thyme or fresh herbs this time, and it was still good.

    I'm actually looking forward to leftovers for lunch!

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    Thanks for the recipe.

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    Looks good and just right for the cold weather we're having right now! Thanks!

    Julia

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