The Cresco ladies were at my house a couple of weeks ago delivering Halloween fabric and dropping of quilt tops and goodies. Sandra had a big box of dried beans and asked if I’d use it. SURE…I use a lot of dried beans around here.
In the box were lots of beans…LOTS…including lentils.
It’s been a long time since I’ve made Lentil Soup, too long. So I grabbed out my cookbook… This Betty Crocker book. This is actually my second book. I got my original as a wedding present from my cousin Charlotte and I wore it out. I found a copy on Amazon. Here’s a link.
When I find copies at the thrift store I buy them all and pass them on to my kids. It’s a favorite book of mine and as a new bride, I tried MANY of these recipes.
Here is the recipe…
Here’s how it supposed to look…
Of course, there were Instant Pots when this recipe came to be so I needed a little tweaking to make it Instant Pot friendly.
I put all of the called for ingredients in my Instant Pot. Admittedly, I didn’t have whole tomatoes so I took one 15 oz can of tomato sauce and one 15 oz can of stewed tomatoes instead. It’s a forgiving recipe so it will be okay. I also used minced garlic over fresh…again it’s what I had. I did add some Tajin too.
I had this bag that was half full and needed to be used so I threw that in instead of actual bacon.
I put the lid on and hit “multigrain” for 35 minutes.
The soup looked good when I opened it but all of the moisture had soaked into the lentils so I added two cups of water and Chicken flavored “better than bullion”.
It was so good…Yes. I’m eating it in my comfort food bowl. Don’t the flowers around the edge make even lentil soup look good.
I had a blog reader ask about my bowls. They are Pioneer Woman bowls from Walmart. They are called Pasta bowls and I love them.
The soup is really good. Karl and I enjoyed it along with some corn chips.
Does anyone have other good bean recipes? I have quite a few in my arsenal of recipes but I am always looking for new good ones. Obviously, I have lots of beans to experiment with…
THANKS, SANDY for the beans. I love a good challenge to use something up!!