Ground Beef and Green Lentil Soup

14 Nov
Ground Beef and Green Lentil Soup

Ground Beef and Green Lentil Soup

I probably sound like a broken record, but I LOVE SOUP SEASON! A few weeks ago I grabbed the rest of the beef marrow bones out of the freezer and decided to make a huge pot of beef bone soup stock. We have a new quarter side of beef on the way for our freezer and it was way past due to finish using those up.

Beef Bone Stock

Beef Bone Stock

After that task was accomplished, of course I had to make some soup out of that rich, golden broth. Our grass-fed ground beef from last year was long gone, but my hubby bought a fancy electric meat grinder and he ground up a bunch of chuck and made 3/4-pound bags for the freezer. That amount makes so much more sense for our family than a pound since there are only three of us.

Also out of the freezer came some frozen tomatoes from our harvest. All I had to do was run hot water over them and the skins slipped right off!

Armed with these ingredients, I set off to make some soup. I cobbled together more ingredients out of the pantry and fridge (including some almost expired fresh spinach) and this is what I came up with:

Ground Beef and Lentil Soup Ingredients

Ground Beef and Lentil Soup Ingredients

Ground Beef and Green Lentil Soup

3/4 pound ground beef
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped carrots
1/2 cup chopped celery
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups crushed tomatoes with liquid (or a 14.5-ounce can)
4 cups low-sodium beef broth, preferably homemade
1 cup dry green lentils
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon sugar
Large handful fresh spinach, roughly chopped
Sea salt and ground pepper, to taste
2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar

Ground Beef and Veggies

Ground Beef and Veggies

Add the ground beef, onion, carrots, and celery in a large soup pot or Dutch oven. In this case I used my pressure cooker pot. (Stay tuned, confession time coming!) Cook over medium heat and stir until meat is brown and vegetables are starting to soften. Add the garlic and cook a minute more.

Next add the tomatoes (I crushed them with my hands when adding them) plus the liquid, the beef broth, lentils, oregano, and sugar. (The small amount of sugar offsets the acidity in the tomatoes.) Stir to combine.

Soup Ingredients Ready to Finish Cooking

Soup Ingredients Ready to Finish Cooking

CONFESSION TIME: At this point, I honestly do not remember if I actually pressure cooked this or just finished simmering uncovered. Really! I know I used my pressure cooker pot from the photos. Did I use it because I intended on pressure cooking the lentils, or did I use it because all my other large pots were used up from making the beef stock earlier in the day? This was only a few weekends ago! Please don’t laugh at me, laugh WITH me!

Nonetheless, either pressure-cook this for 20 minutes, or simmer it uncovered for about an hour. After the lentils are soft, add in the chopped spinach and stir until wilted.

Chopped Spinach Added

Chopped Spinach Added

Taste test, then add sea salt and ground pepper, to taste. I thought the soup needed just a tad more flavor boost, so added a couple of teaspoons of balsamic vinegar. Perfect. Soup’s on! Serve with crusty bread.

Ground Beef and Green Lentil Soup

Ground Beef and Green Lentil Soup

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28 Responses to “Ground Beef and Green Lentil Soup”

  1. Lynz Real Cooking November 14, 2015 at 11:05 am #

    Wow looks so good! love the pictures and yeah soup season!

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  2. Adam J. Holland November 14, 2015 at 11:19 am #

    I know it’s soup season, but this would be great anytime of year. Excellent!

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  3. teagan geneviene November 14, 2015 at 11:58 am #

    LOL. I love soup season too Kathryn! πŸ˜€ This one looks divine. Mega hugs!

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  4. MealsWithMel November 14, 2015 at 12:39 pm #

    Mmmm! I’m with you Kathryn I LOVE soup season… Even if I do consume soup year round it just tastes better on a blustery, cold, gray day. I love that you made your own beef stock and I love lintels… So therefore I love this soup recipe πŸ™‚

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  5. Michelle Williams November 14, 2015 at 1:16 pm #

    Thank you for providing me tomorrow night’s dinner! I love soup season too. And I LOVE lentils!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Michael @ Michael's Woodcraft November 14, 2015 at 6:46 pm #

    Oh yea, looks delicious, I love lentil soup! πŸ™‚

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Gerlinde November 14, 2015 at 9:17 pm #

    I can taste this soup with all the flavors, yummy. I also like to add some vinegar in my lentil soup.

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    • anotherfoodieblogger November 15, 2015 at 11:58 am #

      I had read somewhere that it helps add more flavor, and it did! Thank you Gerlinde.

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  8. ChgoJohn November 15, 2015 at 5:39 am #

    We, too, make lentil soup but with some pork product. Never thought to use beef and, for the life of me, don’t know why. Your soup looks delicious and I’m certainly going to give it a try. Thanks!

    Liked by 1 person

  9. chef mimi November 17, 2015 at 4:10 pm #

    I usually keep my lentil soup’s just lentils. But this soup looks wonderful. Almost more like a chili!

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Karen November 19, 2015 at 7:43 am #

    Your soup sounds comforting and delicious. Now if only I had some of your homemade stock. πŸ™‚

    Liked by 1 person

    • anotherfoodieblogger November 21, 2015 at 10:22 am #

      Thank you so much Karen for your kind reply. Wouldn’t it be great if we could teleport food to each other? πŸ™‚

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      • Karen November 21, 2015 at 1:22 pm #

        Oh wouldn’t it be lovely. πŸ˜€

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  11. Teresa Blackburn November 22, 2015 at 3:25 pm #

    I am making black bean chili as I read this but as I am in my “soup” mode of cooking this one is next on my list. Sounds just divine and so easy and healthy as well. Thanks.

    Liked by 1 person

  12. Cooking For The Time Challenged December 26, 2015 at 4:27 pm #

    This looks so yummy!

    Liked by 1 person

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