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Rhinelander Lentil Soup Recipe
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Rhinelander Lentil Soup

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"This is a wonderfully hearty lentil soup. The lentils are simmered in a beef base with a variety of vegetables, potatoes and bacon."

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Original recipe makes 10 to 12 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    25 mins
  • COOK

    3 hrs 20 mins

    3 hrs 45 mins


  1. In a large pot over medium high heat, combine the oil, bacon, carrots, onions, and celery. Saute for 5 minutes, or until bacon is crisp. Stir in the flour until it's dissolved and mixture is pasty.
  2. Slowly add the water, stirring constantly. Then add the bay leaves, salt, lentils, beef base, thyme, nutmeg, white pepper and potatoes. Stir all together well, bring just to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for 3 hours.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Aug 09, 2007

I would have given this 5 stars, but went with 4 because it needed to be tweaked. Add extra carrots, lentils and potatoes, reduce flour to 1/2 c. and liquid to 3 Qts. and omit the olive oil and bouillion and you'll end up with a much heartier and healthier soup! Be sure to cook on low, low heat and stir often. I also used chicken broth for 2 qts. of the liquid and salted to taste after cooking because I wasn't sure how salty my bacon was. I'm not a big fan of thyme and 1/2 tsp was enough for me. I also used a teaspoon each of powdered onion and garlic, no fresh. Guess that was alot of tweaking....

Most Helpful Critical Review
Oct 14, 2004

Did not care for the flour - soup tended to stick and needed constant attention while simmering - I prefer to add cornstarch to thicken at the end of cooking time.

Nov 10, 2002

I doubled the amount of lentils and tripled the amount of potatoes and there was still plenty of broth to handle the increase. This soup is very tasty, but at almost 13grams of fat per serving (that is 50% fat!), I would hardly call it "healthy" despite the healthy lentil and vegetable ingredients. For this reason, I decreased the bacon to 4 slices and added only 1 teaspoon of olive oil, instead of the 4 tablespoons called for. I still found the soup to be rich and tasty.

Jun 07, 2003

I enjoyed this recipe and it turned out to be a hearty delicious soup. Don't cover while simmering.

Oct 01, 2006

Excellent. I was generous on the portions of potato, onion, celery, and carrot. Used canned beef broth over bouillon - just adjusted water accordingly. Served w/the Whole Wheat Beer Bread from this site - best lentil soup I have had. Thank you!

Oct 26, 2005

LOVE THIS SOUP!!!!!! We recently visited a Reinlanders and had this soup. My husband liked it so much he had to find out how to make it. Everyone we served it to loved it too.

Jul 12, 2005

This is a great soup recipe. My entire family enjoyed it and it was easy to make. I was out of dried Thyme, so I used some dried Rosemary instead. It was delicious and I will definitely make this soup regularly.

Dec 04, 2002

I chose this recipe because I had all the ingredients on hand. This is the first time I've ever made soup, and it turned out delicious! Very hearty and tasty!


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  • Calories
  • 220 kcal
  • 11%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 22.7 g
  • 7%
  • Cholesterol
  • 9 mg
  • 3%
  • Fat
  • 11.1 g
  • 17%
  • Fiber
  • 6.7 g
  • 27%
  • Protein
  • 7.6 g
  • 15%
  • Sodium
  • 669 mg
  • 27%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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