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Greek Lentil Soup

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Quick Facts

Servings: 8
Lentils combine with Greek herbs (oregano and mint) for a delicious soup the whole family will enjoy. Serve with pita or flat bread.

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbs olive oil
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup celery, chopped
  • 1 cup carrots, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups onion, chopped
  • 8 cups water
  • 3 cups beef broth, (canned or made with bouillion)
  • 2 cups lentils, uncooked, rinsed and drained
  • 14 1/2 oz tomatoes, stewed, chopped (one 14.5-ounce can)
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp dried mint leaves, (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper, freshly ground
  • 10 oz frozen spinach, chopped, thawed

Directions

  • In a large soup pot, heat olive oil and sauté garlic, celery, carrots and onions for about 5 minutes, until softened. Add water, broth and lentils. Bring to a boil over high heat.
  • Reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer 45 minutes until lentils are tender, stirring occasionally.
  • Add chopped tomatoes and juice along with the seasonings (oregano, mint, salt, and pepper). Add spinach and simmer uncovered for another 15–20 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 338
  Calories from Fat 43 (13%)
(8%)Total Fat 5g
(7%)Saturated Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
(0%)Cholesterol 0mg
(31%)Sodium 742mg
(62%)Potassium 2169mg
Total Carbohydrate 53g
(110%)Dietary Fiber 27g
Sugars 11g
Sugar Alcohols 0g
(61%)Protein 30g
* 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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