that certain something


My red lentil soup was one of the first things I thought to bring along with me for our son who is a junior at Virginia Tech.   It’s about a four hour car ride from home.  He has the flu and was feeling poorly … I am grateful that I could make the drive and spend time with him.

I thought I would share this recipe with you while I am away playing nurse

I have been making this soup since the 80’s and it is always a hit

Magpie’s Nest RED LENTIL SOUP *2009*

1/8 cup oil

1/2 cup chopped onions

1/2 cup green (or red or yellow) pepper chopped

1 cup diced carrots

1/2 cup chopped celery

1 Tablespoon flour

one 14.5 oz can diced tomato or fresh chopped tomato  if you prefer

4 cups boiling water

one cup lentils, rinsed (see below)**

crushed garlic to taste, one large vegetable bouillion cube (more salt later if you think you need it)


Seasonings: chopped parsley (fresh or dried), bay leaf (Lennie that’s your fresh one from your garden in the pot), marjoram (possibly my favorite spice, the fragrance is gorgeous), thyme (is a close second), ground pepper to taste and 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice (it adds that certain something!)


In a 4 quart soup pot saute all of the chopped veggies in the heated oil until they glisten and cook a bit … sprinkle flour into the mix and stir adding the can of diced tomatoes with liquid along with 4 cups boiling (or very hot) water

**rinse your lentils in a mesh colander and stir immediately into the liquid … if left in the colander they turn into a brick … ask me how I know ;)**

stirring on and off and simmering on low heat for close to an hour (or until everything is tender)  … I do use a lid …

back in the early 80’s I made soups for a health food cafe and delicious healthy sandwiches too …. our son, Alex, was a baby and I carried him on my back and delivered sandwiches  in our 1970 Beetle Bug to six different health food stores and cafes …. those were the days 🙂

back to the recipe …. I like adding the spices toward the end … play with the amounts … I put some in the palm of my hand and crush it a bit … season … stir … taste … Enjoy * Enjoy!!!

the recipe doubles well (which is what I did for the photo of the 8 quart soup pot above) and the soup reheats beautifully too!

here is a little something I’ve learned along the way … it goes for photographs AND recipes … be sure to add a date …years and years later it’s fun to know the year and origin of a recipe or when a photo was taken  … I don’t know about you, but I think I’ll remember and then before I know it years have passed and I’m left scratching my head wondering when I got the recipe … I am often amazed when I see how long I’ve been using a tried and true recipe

one of our favorite sayings was taken from a tea towel many years ago … we think it’s Amish … it certainly fits many occasions:

“Too soon old …. too late schmart”

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I am happy to say our son is feeling much better already 🙂

22 responses to “that certain something

  1. Yum…I’ve been hoping this would show up soon. It sounds like good medicine to me. One great thing…I have everything needed on hand. Yea! Thank you for sharing the recipe.



  2. * I am always sure I will remember who photo subjects are, etc., too. I also thought I would remember to share that in my last reply. Go figure. I had a thought after that one. Ta dum….oxo


  3. I’ll be making this! Soon! Thank you! Hope your son is better now.


  4. I’m so pleased to hear your son is doing better Patty. Thanks so much for the yummy recipe Mx


  5. Sounds yum!! I can picture you – long hair, wrapped up with a baby, health food store – the VW completes it!!!! :>)


  6. I was “away” myself lately, I’m very busy and growing rapidly – realizing big dreams. But I want you to know I’m still peeping in now and then… and enjoy everything you tell and show! I hope your son is much better now!!! (seeing this soup… he should!)


  7. I am so so glad to hear Son is doing better. Now how is Mom holding up? Soup is yum sounding. May have to give it a go.


  8. Lentil soup? it MUST be Friday!

    Thanks for the recipe and the bonus ’70s flashback! You were quite the Earth Mother!


  9. I LOVE lentil soup and make my own but will give your recipe a go because it sounds DELICIOUS!
    Love the picture you paint of the 80’s… can see it so clearly! Hope your sone is doing better.


  10. Good news that your son is feeling much better, Patty! See . . . I KNEW that you’d have some soup for him!!! And this recipe looks so yummy. Thanks for sharing! Take care of YOU! Hugs, Terri xoxo


  11. ooo this momma is a soup maker too and i certainly will try this!! i love lentils! so glad to hear your dear one is better…

    ps. i agree about marjoram & thyme…i love to go to the garden and run my hands through them….lemon thyme is my favorite to cook with…


  12. Loved reading about you delivering healthy food in the 80s. I can just envision you doing that. And that has got to be the best soup.

    Do you save your own veggie broth and freeze it? I like to make some ahead when I think I’m going to need it for soup or flavoring. I also like Lentil soup with basil, especially the Thai basil. It is wonderful and needs very few other seasonings.

    So glad to know your son is feeling better. I hope to hear he is fully recovered soon.


  13. I hope your son gets well soon …

    …. your soup looks AMAZING – I have some homemade chicken stock in the fridge – I think I’ll make your soup this weekend. Thanks for the recipe …


  14. This sounds fabulous, Patty. Consider it copied and added to the book. I know your son was glad to have this favorite from home when he was feeling so poorly. Glad he’s doing better.


  15. I’m printing this off now…next stop…the kitchen to cut and dice. I can hardly wait to try it. I’ll return to let you know how wonderful it is. oxo


  16. first things first, I printed off your Lentil Soup Recipe, although I think I have it from a few yrs back. Funny but it is not a summer time dish that I make, but now with cooler days and nights, soups are definitely on my mind. Now lentils are on my grocery list and I think I have everything else I need to put this soup together and think of you dear friend of mine!


  17. Patty, your soup went over big at our house. My honey didn’t even ask where the meat was. 🙂 Tasty, tasty. Thank you big for sharing it.



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  19. Patty!
    Told you I had a lot of catching up to do. Just copied this recipe [including the precious memory portion–so sweet!] for my recipe files. What a great idea to date recipes…never would have thought to do this. Perhaps it was me the Amish had in mind when they came up with your little quote for today!


  20. Thank you for sharing your special memories and this delicious soup. What a great mom you are to drive 4 hours to deliver “mom’s love”!


  21. this looks good! I just love soups anyway…I may have to give it a try!


  22. lentils are such a super-food! i’ll add this to my queue of recipes to try. and is it a bad that the thing that stuck out most about this post is the 1970s VW bug? do you still have it? it’s my dream to have such a car… (sigh)…


Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts means a lot to me and I appreciate your visit very much oxo

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