Basic Recipes: Pt.5, Quick ‘N’ Easy Soup

Quick ‘N Easy Soup Mix

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(L-R) home-made lentil, Progresso, Food Co-op Mix, Bear Creek, Healthy choice.

Including soup in your meal plan is important, but which one is best when feeding 6 people? To answer, think about these four characteristics: price, prep time, taste, and nutrition

  • Price?  Pumpkin/lentil soup costs $1.80 or less with gleaned pumpkins. Soup mix from a food co-op (1C mix serves 6) is about $2 and Bear Creek (serves 8) is $3.50 on sale. Canned soup is pricey.
  • Quick? Canned is  ready in a couple of minutes, while  frozen soup needs to thaw out, Bear Creek cooks in 30 min and freeze dried Co-op mix takes about an hour.
  • Taste? You decide but I prefer to control the taste so home-made is my favorite.
  • Nutrition? All five have natural ingredients but 3 include additives and artificial flavors. The Co-op mix is organic and the home-made is what you make it – mine is organic.
Slow Cooked Lentil-Pumpkin Soup
Serves 6
Simple, tasty, filling, healthy, and budget-friendly; what more could you ask for?
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
6 hr
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
6 hr
  1. 1 sweet pumpkin 2-3 lbs cleaned out, peeled and diced
  2. 3/4 C lentils rinsed and sorted
  3. 1 med sweet onion, diced
  4. 2 Tbs olive oil
  5. 6 C warm water
  6. 3 Tbs Better than bullion
  7. 2 Tbs curry powder
  1. Heat oil in a sauce pan over medium heat
  2. Add onions and curry powder. Saute until translucent
  3. Pour water into medium- sized slow cooker
  4. Add Bullion and whisk until dissolved
  5. Put the remaining ingredients into slow cooker,
  6. Cook on high for 1 hour then low for 3-4 hours or...
  7. Cook on low for 7-8 hours until pumpkin and lentils are soft
  8. During the last hour, sample the soup. Add salt, pepper, and more curry if needed.
  9. When done, puree with an immersion blender if desired
  1. If Curry is not your favorite taste, you can substitute thyme, parsley and marjoram
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