The Literate Chef


In General Articles on September 8, 2013 at 11:54 AM

As the night time and early morning temperature begins to drop into the 50’s and 60’s here on The Cape, and the days are free of humidity and sunny, (September really is the best month) one’s thoughts begin to turn to soup and what better soup then Lentil Soup to warm our innards and pay homage to Uncle Fred, The Godfather. Today we cooked up a batch following the recipe first posted here almost 2 years ago. SOUP’S ON!

The Literate Chef

Active time, 30 minutes. Soak lentils overnight. Cooking time, 1 hour.  Makes 6 quarts.


2 1 lb. packages of lentils
1 medium onion, chopped fine, about 2 cups
5 cloves garlic chopped fine, about 2 tbsps.
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 small can (6 oz.) of tomato paste
1 package of Lipton Dried Onion Soup Mix
2 smokedham hocks
2 9 oz. packages of frozen chopped spinach


1.    Add the lentils to an 8 qt. pot, cover with water to about 4 inches above the lentils and soak overnight.
2.    The next day, drain and rinse the lentils and rinse the pot.
3.    In the rinsed pot, heat the olive oil on medium, add the onions and garlic and lightly sauté until translucent, do not let brown.
4.    Reduce heat to medium-low and add the tomato paste, mix well.
5.    Add the contents of one…

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  1. You forgot the carrots.


  2. Also celery if wanted. Or not.


    From: Vince Scarlata [] Sent: Sunday, September 08, 2013 10:12 AM To: ‘The Literate Chef’ Subject: RE: [New post] UNCLE FRED’S LENTIL SOUP

    You forgot the carrots.


    • Thanks, but I don’t remember carrots or celery. He wrote the recipe out for me years ago along with one for his pea soup, which did have both.(I will have to look for his letter). It’s possible I left them out. I do recall he said to add Ditalini if wanted, which I sometimes do, when making a smaller batch. Of course Mike always added hot dogs to both, and I do that as well. Creative plagiarism. 🙂

  3. Looks good to me cant wait for Pea soup

  4. Love this, Richard! It simply looks great and I adore lentil soup. Must taste heavenly!

    • Thank you Francesca. I hope you enjoy it. It is a one pot, and one dish meal; and if you have no objection to tasty processed meat products, it is even better with a few cut-up hot dogs thrown in.

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