New Year’s Lentil Soup

Recipe modified from
8 servings
Lentils are served on New Year's Eve after midnight. The lentils, with their coinlike shape, represent luck and prosperity! Feel free to enjoy the 'luck' all year long though!

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  1. In a large soup pot, heat the oil over medium heat.
  2. Add onions, carrots, celery, all the herbs and fennel seeds.Cook for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add lentils and barley and sauté another 1-2 minutes, stirring to make sure they don’t burn or stick.
  4. Add chicken or vegetable stock.Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 90 minutes, or until lentils are soft.
  5. Add spinach, salt, and pepper.Simmer another 10 minutes. (Add more water or stock if needed for desired consistency) Serve hot.



¼ cup extra virgin olive oil

1 medium onion, chopped

2 large carrots, diced

2 celery ribs, diced

½ tsp. oregano

½ tsp. sage

½ tsp. rosemary

½ tsp. thyme

1 tsp. fennel seeds

1½ cups dry lentils (green or brown variety)

½ cup barley pearls

8 cups low-sodium chicken or vegetable stock

1 cup frozen spinach

1 teaspoon salt

Black pepper to taste


Large pot, measuring cup and spoons, knife

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