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Lentil Soup with Ground Beef and Brown Rice

Lentil Soup with Ground Beef and Brown Rice
  • Meal

    Main Dish

  • Cusine


1 lb. lean ground beef

2 tsp. olive oil

1/2 cup finely chopped onion

1/2 cup finely chopped celery

1 T minced garlic or garlic puree

1 T dried parsley

1 tsp. dried thyme

1/2 tsp. ground cumin

4 cups homemade beef stock 

2 cups homemade chicken stock 

2 cups water, plus more as needed

2/3 cup brown lentils

1/2 cup finely chopped carrots

1/2 cup brown rice

salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste

2 T balsamic vinegar


Heat 1 tsp. olive oil in heavy frying pan, add ground beef and cook until meat is well browned, using a turner to break up into small pieces. Remove meat to heavy soup pot.Add another tsp. olive oil to frying pan and add onions and celery and saute 3-5 minutes, until vegetables are starting to soften. Add garlic, dried thyme, ground cumin, and dried parsley and saute 1-2 minutes more.Add vegetables to soup pot with meat, and rinse out frying pan with the 2 cups of water and add to soup pot. Add beef stock, chicken stock, lentils, and chopped carrots to pot and cook at a very low simmer about 60 minutes, or until lentils are quite soft.Taste soup and decide whether to add a small amount of water. (There should be quite a bit of liquid, and the broth should be flavorful but not too strong tasting. If there isn’t very much liquid or broth seems too strong add more water at this point.)Add brown rice and continue to simmer soup 30-40 more minutes, or until rice is done but still a bit chewy. Season to taste with salt and fresh ground black pepper (I did not add salt.)Stir in balsamic vinegar if desired. Serve hot.