Nov 29
2011

Hearty Lentil & Black Bean Soup with Smoked Paprika Recipe

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This hearty vegan lentil and black bean soup is the perfect comfort food for chilly days. Only 223 calories per generous serving!
Hearty Lentil & Black Bean Soup with Smoked Paprika...The perfect comfort food! 223 calories & 6 Weight Watcher PP per serving. | cookincanuck.com #vegetarian #vegan #MeatlessMonday

In the spirit of Meatless Monday, I pulled together a healthy, vegetarian (actually, this one will satisfy those who prefer vegan, too) soup for dinner. Truth be told, I needed something light after a weekend of hot gravy sandwiches – that would be a piece of bread, smeared with cranberry-maple sauce, loaded with turkey and stuffing and drenched in gravy. Oh yeah. You can see why I needed to get back to basics. A simple soup of lentils simmered with black beans, onions, garlic and flavored with smoked paprika is just what the diet doctor ordered. My jeans concur. All this talk about meatless meals leads me to this cookbook.

Last week I attended a book signing for Pam Anderson’s new book, Cook Without a Book: Meatless Meals. You may remember that I am a big fan of Pam Anderson’s recipes and books – her Spicy Coconut Shrimp Stew is one of our favorites. Pam speaks to the home cook, developing recipes that can be made and enjoyed by novice and experienced cooks alike. She is a down-to-earth, kind soul who clearly loves what she does. She was accompanied by her daughter Maggy, who is a force of her own – she has one of the biggest hearts of anyone I know and spunk to spare. Pam, Maggy and Sharon (Pam’s other daughter) together are Three Many Cooks.

There are plenty of books out there that are packed with vegetarian recipes. So, what makes Pam’s book different? One of the most appealing things to me is that the book provides formulas for whipping up healthy, meatless meals while providing latitude so that you can come up with your own flavor combinations depending on what ingredients you have on hand. If you’re not in the mood for being creative, that’s okay. There are plenty of suggestions for each type of meal and the categories run the gamut from oatmeal and breakfast pizzas to skillet stews and fast-food favorites (Italian, Asian and Mexican).

This Lentil & Black Bean Soup recipe doesn’t come from Pam’s book, but is certainly inspired by her philosophy of working more meatless meals in our repertoire.

Hearty Lentil & Black Bean Soup with Smoked Paprika...The perfect comfort food! 223 calories & 6 Weight Watcher PP per serving. | cookincanuck.com #vegetarian #vegan #MeatlessMonday

The recipe:
Heat olive oil in a large sauce pan set over medium heat. Add onions and celery and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are beginning to soften, 6 to 7 minutes.

Add garlic, smoked paprika and bay leaves and saute for 30 seconds.

Stir in diced tomatoes with juices, lentils, 3 cups vegetable or chicken broth and 3 cups water. Increase heat to medium-high and bring the mixture to a boil.

Hearty Lentil & Black Bean Soup with Smoked Paprika...The perfect comfort food! 223 calories & 6 Weight Watcher PP per serving. | cookincanuck.com #vegetarian #vegan #MeatlessMonday

Reduce the heat slightly and cook, stirring occasionally, until lentils are tender, 25 to 35 minutes.

Remove from the heat and let cool for about 10 minutes. Remove and discard the bay leaves. Transfer half of the lentil mixture, half of the black beans and 3/4 cup chicken broth to the bowl of a blender or food processor. Pulse until combined, but not pureed. It should be a chunky texture.

Pour the blender mixture back into the lentils in the saucepan, along with the remaining 1 cup of vegetable or chicken broth and remaining black beans. Stir and reheat over medium heat. Stir in parsley. Serve.

Hearty Lentil & Black Bean Soup with Smoked Paprika...The perfect comfort food! 223 calories & 6 Weight Watcher PP per serving. | cookincanuck.com #vegetarian #vegan #MeatlessMonday

Other recipes with lentils:
Cookin’ Canuck’s Lentil Soup with Italian Sausage & Spinach
Indian Simmer’s Dal Makhani
ecurry’s Lentil Drops in Garlic Tomato Sauce
Namely Mary’s Curried Lentil Soup
Blue Kitchen’s Roasted Shrimp & Green Lentils

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Hearty Lentil & Black Bean Soup with Smoked Paprika

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 5 minutes

Yield: Serves 4

Serving Size: 1/4 of soup

Calories per serving: 223 cal

Fat per serving: Total Fat 4.3g / Saturated Fat 0.5g

Hearty Lentil & Black Bean Soup with Smoked Paprika

Calories 223.3 / Total Fat 4.3g / Saturated Fat 0.5g / Cholesterol 0mg / Sodium 405.7mg / Total Carbohydrates 39.5g / Fiber 12.1g / Sugars 4.5g / Protein 11.8g / WW (Old Points) 4 / WW (Points+) 6

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 large onion, chopped
  • 2 large stalks celery, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 (14 oz.) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup dried brown lentils
  • 4 3/4 cup low-sodium vegetable or chicken broth, divided
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 (14 oz.) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • Salt and pepper to taste.

Instructions

  1. Heat olive oil in a large sauce pan set over medium heat. Add onions and celery and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are beginning to soften, 6 to 7 minutes.
  2. Add garlic, smoked paprika and bay leaves and saute for 30 seconds.
  3. Stir in diced tomatoes with juices, lentils, 3 cups vegetable or chicken broth and 3 cups water. Increase heat to medium-high and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat slightly and cook, stirring occasionally, until lentils are tender, 25 to 35 minutes.
  4. Remove from the heat and let cool for about 10 minutes. Remove and discard the bay leaves. Transfer half of the lentil mixture, half of the black beans and 3/4 cup vegetable or chicken broth to the bowl of a blender or food processor. Pulse until combined, but not pureed. It should be a chunky texture.
  5. Pour the blender mixture back into the lentils in the saucepan, along with the remaining 1 cup of chicken broth and remaining black beans. Stir and reheat over medium heat. Stir in parsley. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve.

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1 Chelsey November 29, 2011 at 3:01 am

Looks wonderful, definitely on my “to make” list. Just one question – how many lentils are needed?? Thanks so much!

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2 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) November 29, 2011 at 6:39 am

I’m sorry about that, Chelsey. I updated the recipe to read “1 cup dried lentils”. Thanks for the heads-up!

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3 Chelsey November 30, 2011 at 2:22 am

Made the soup yesterday and it was a huge hit! My boyfriend and I loved it. He’s Spanish so we always have smoked paprika in the cupboard. ;-)

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4 Chelsey November 30, 2011 at 2:26 am

By the way, I’m curious. Do you ever use celery root in your soups?? I’m a Canadian living over in Europe, where it’s a commom ingredient, but whenever I buy it in Canada people are always giving me funny looks and asking me what it is.

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5 Chelsey November 30, 2011 at 2:27 am

Probably because it looks like brains. . . . ;-)

6 Daryl November 29, 2011 at 4:20 am

The soup looks delicious and perfect for cold winter nights

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7 Daryl November 29, 2011 at 4:21 am

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8 Melissa November 29, 2011 at 4:23 am

I have a can of black beans and a bag of lentils in my pantry right now. What a perfect way to use them!

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9 Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar November 29, 2011 at 4:37 am

This soup sounds so yummy! Can’t wait to try it :)

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10 Laurie November 29, 2011 at 5:07 am

That soup looks like just the right thing for a chilly winter evening – yummy!

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11 Kristen November 29, 2011 at 5:07 am

That soup sounds like the perfect answer to a cold autumn day.

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12 Bev Weidner November 29, 2011 at 5:27 am

I’d absolutely LOVE this book. I love Pam’s work and need that pizza on the cover. Dear GAWD.

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13 Fernie November 29, 2011 at 5:28 am

How much Lentils? 1 1/2 cups?

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14 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) November 29, 2011 at 6:39 am

Sorry for the omission, Fernie. It now reads “1 cup dried lentils”.

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15 Heather (Heather's Dish) November 29, 2011 at 5:37 am

i’m always looking for more meatless meals – this soup sounds fantastic!

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16 Danielle November 29, 2011 at 5:38 am

This book looks fantastic! I am always looking for solid vegetarian cookbooks.

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17 Belinda @zomppa November 29, 2011 at 5:50 am

That’s a beautiful hearty soup for chilly rainy days like this!

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18 Yvonne B November 29, 2011 at 5:53 am

This looks like a perfect soup for this cooler weather. I have everything in my pantry so I think I’ll make it this week. I do have a question about the lentils though. They aren’t in the list of ingredients. How much?

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19 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) November 29, 2011 at 6:40 am

Thanks for your comment, Yvonne. I hope you enjoy the soup. I updated the ingredients list to read “1 cup dried lentils”. Thanks for the heads-up!

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20 Jean November 29, 2011 at 6:31 am

The recipe looks excellent and I will definitely be making it soon on a rainy day that cries out for comfort food (like today!). I think the lentils may have been omitted from the recipe and I was wondering whether you use dried or canned lentils. Do you worry about the BPA lining of canned goods?

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21 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) November 29, 2011 at 6:42 am

Thanks, Jean. I just updated the recipe to read “1 cup dried lentils”.

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22 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) November 29, 2011 at 6:50 am

To answer your question about BPA. Yes, it is indeed a concern. Truth be told, I know that I will be far less likely to get beans into my diet if I rely only on dried beans. I need to be better about planning ahead to soak the beans. I have read that the most highly concentrated levels of BPA are found in canned pasta, soup and meats, though I’m sure they are still present in canned beans. I understand that Eden Foods uses a non-BPA lining for their canned beans, so I buy those when I see them. Let’s hope it’s an issue that gets dealt with soon!

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23 Jean November 29, 2011 at 8:33 pm

Thanks so much for your quick and thoughtful replies. I really enjoy your blog and recipes!

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24 Leanne November 23, 2014 at 9:14 am

Does this mean you let the lentils soak first?

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25 Dara November 23, 2014 at 1:44 pm

Hi Leanne, I didn’t actually need to soak the lentils first. They came out tender in the time specified.

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26 Patricia L. November 29, 2011 at 6:40 am

I’m trying to get more fiber in my diet. This one looks good!

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27 Kelley {mountain mama cooks} November 29, 2011 at 6:58 am

This looks so hearty and filling I can’t imagine you even miss the meat!

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28 Jessen November 29, 2011 at 6:59 am

A vegetarian Cookbook is just what I need. My Meat Loving family doesn’t believe in a meal without meat in it, so a little help with adapting meatless meals into the rotation would be inspiring and life changing for us!!

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29 Maureen Elliott November 29, 2011 at 7:03 am

Love all of your recipes! Amazing stuff!

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30 Maureen Elliott November 29, 2011 at 7:05 am

I already follow Cookin Canuck on Fb!

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31 bellini November 29, 2011 at 7:06 am

After the “groan fest” of the holiday table a nice, healthy soup like this is more than welcome.

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32 Kristen November 29, 2011 at 7:28 am

I already have the wonderful book, but have to say that I adore this photo, Dara. Gorgeous!

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33 JenP November 29, 2011 at 7:32 am

Looks great for the winter!

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34 Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray November 29, 2011 at 7:33 am

This soup looks awesome, and the book looks great!

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35 Eva Canitano November 29, 2011 at 7:36 am

Love this soup!
1. Follow Pam Anderson on Twitter.

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36 Eva Canitano November 29, 2011 at 7:36 am

2. Follow Cookin’ Canuck on Twitter.

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37 Eva Canitano November 29, 2011 at 7:37 am

“Like” Pam Anderson on Facebook.

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38 Eva Canitano November 29, 2011 at 7:37 am

“Like”Cookin’ Canuck on Facebook.

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39 carolinaheartstrings November 29, 2011 at 8:03 am

This is my new favorite. I love love love lentils. Thanks for making and sharing. Come visit us. We have a terrific pumpkin fried rice and this Friday we are having our second give away. Be sure to stop by and register for a chance to win a party dress from Shabby Apple.

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40 Janis Chudleigh November 29, 2011 at 8:19 am

I could eat soup every night of the week!

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41 Christina November 29, 2011 at 8:19 am

This will be on our dinner table tonight… would love to enhance my repertoire of meatless meals, with two growing boys anything that can stretch our budget dollars…The Pam Anderson book would be a great start!
Blessings
Christina

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42 Kari November 29, 2011 at 8:31 am

This soup looks fantastic! I love lentils.

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43 Amanda November 29, 2011 at 8:32 am

Wow, does that look delicious!! What a great recipe.. and neat book!

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44 Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray November 29, 2011 at 8:40 am

This looks so, so good–I became a lentil addict after studying in Spain! My house madre made them all the time. :)

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45 Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray November 29, 2011 at 8:41 am

I follow Pam Anderson on Twitter.

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46 Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray November 29, 2011 at 8:42 am

And I follow Cookin’ Canuck on Twitter.

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47 Shannon November 29, 2011 at 8:44 am

This looks delicious . . . adding it to my list of new recipes to try.

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48 Shannon November 29, 2011 at 8:45 am

Already like Cookin’ Canuck on Facebook!

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49 Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray November 29, 2011 at 8:45 am

I like Cookin’ Canuck on FB.

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50 Michelle November 29, 2011 at 9:18 am

I like you on facebook.

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51 Amanda T November 29, 2011 at 9:23 am

What a wonderful giveaway

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52 Tracy November 29, 2011 at 9:47 am

This soup looks amazing and like just what I need after all that Thanksgiving food. I can’t wait to try this recipe, and the other lentil recipes you linked as well!

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53 Linda Madura November 29, 2011 at 9:51 am

This sounds like something I need! I’ve just begun, at the late age of 66, an attempt to turn my food life around. Vegetarian/vegan eating is something I’ve been wanting to do for a long while, but I didn’t have either the courage or the support of family. Now I have the courage, but still no family support. I love your recipes, so if you think so highly of this book, I’m sure it would be of great help to me. Thanks for listening.

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54 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) November 29, 2011 at 10:05 am

Linda, good for you! It is never too late to inject healthy lifestyle and food choices into your daily routine. Pam’s book is packed full of great ideas and I can’t recommend it highly enough.

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55 patti November 29, 2011 at 9:53 am

Definitely going to try this one. Finally found some ‘smoked’ paprika and this will be my first use for it. Sounds good and healthy to boot!

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56 Linda Madura November 29, 2011 at 10:00 am

I have liked “Cookin’ Canuck” on FB…I don’t tweet, though. :(

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57 Linda Madura November 29, 2011 at 10:01 am

Pam Anderson is “liked” on Facebook, but, once again, no tweeting. :(

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58 farmkat November 29, 2011 at 10:03 am

Thanks for the giveaway… I love Pam’s books. I think I have all of her other ones. I agree about vegetarian cooking – fills you up, but not heavy.

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59 Becky November 29, 2011 at 10:06 am

I have been looking for a good soup to make soon and I think this may be the one!

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60 Asiya @ Chocolate & Chillies November 29, 2011 at 10:07 am

This looks so good….what type of lentil did you use? Can I use red lentils (also called Masoor Daal)?

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61 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) November 29, 2011 at 10:10 am

Asiya, I used brown lentils in this particular recipe, but love using Masoor Dal, too.

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62 Asiya @ Chocolate & Chillies November 29, 2011 at 10:07 am

I follow Cookin Canuck on FB

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63 Linda Madura November 29, 2011 at 10:07 am

My favorite soup is lentil, so this recipe is now on my list of “Things to make ASAP!”

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64 Asiya @ Chocolate & Chillies November 29, 2011 at 10:07 am

Also follow Cookin Canuck on Twitter.

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65 Mb November 29, 2011 at 10:21 am

this book looks great!

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66 Nicole November 29, 2011 at 10:28 am

We love meatless meals! Easier on the budget, too!

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67 Nicole November 29, 2011 at 10:35 am

Following Pam Anderson on Twitter

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68 Nicole November 29, 2011 at 10:36 am

Following Cooking’ Canuck on Twitter

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69 Daisi B November 29, 2011 at 10:46 am

I love meatless Mondays!

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70 Nicole November 29, 2011 at 10:47 am

“Liked” Three Many Cooks on FB

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71 Nicole November 29, 2011 at 10:48 am

“Liked” Cookin’ Canuck on FB

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72 Diane {Created by Diane} November 29, 2011 at 11:27 am

this soup looks great, so does that book :)

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73 Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray November 29, 2011 at 11:31 am

I like Three Many Cooks on FB!

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74 Maria November 29, 2011 at 11:40 am

I love Pam and I love her latest book! The soup looks amazing!

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75 Coramie November 29, 2011 at 12:17 pm

Absolutely perfect recipe for a day like today…..cloudy, chilly with snow in the forecast!! Thanks so much!!

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76 Alyse November 29, 2011 at 12:23 pm

I would just love a copy of this wonderful book.

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77 Averand November 29, 2011 at 12:26 pm

I just bought some black beans because they were on sale. Now I have something to use them in…thanks so much !!

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78 Jessica @ Stylish Stealthy and Healthy November 29, 2011 at 12:35 pm

I love this. Mostly because I have (and usually always have) all these ingredients at this very moment. Can’t wait to try it!

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79 Evelyn R November 29, 2011 at 12:37 pm

I like Cookin’ Canuck on FB.

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80 Evelyn R November 29, 2011 at 12:39 pm

“Liked” Three Many Cooks on FB

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81 Brigette November 29, 2011 at 1:12 pm

Looks great! It’s 36 and windy here today . . soup weather for sure!

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82 Jeanette November 29, 2011 at 1:14 pm

What a hearty vegetarian meal, and it has one of my favorite spices – smoked paprika!

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83 Delishhh November 29, 2011 at 1:27 pm

I hear you about changing things up – love the soup and great giveway!

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84 Jess November 29, 2011 at 1:36 pm

I can’t tell which I’d be more excited to get my hands on – a bowl of that soup or the cookbook!

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85 Jess November 29, 2011 at 1:36 pm

I “like” Cookin Canuck on facebook!

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86 Marilyn November 29, 2011 at 2:27 pm

Just discovered your blog today, recently discovered smoked paprika, and I LOVE anything made with black beans or lentils! Yum!!!!

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87 Marilyn November 29, 2011 at 2:32 pm

“Like”Cookin’ Canuck on Facebook.

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88 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen November 29, 2011 at 2:45 pm

The book sounds amazing and right up my alley! I’m always looking for more meatless meal inspiration.

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89 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen November 29, 2011 at 2:46 pm

I follow you on Twitter.

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90 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen November 29, 2011 at 2:46 pm

And on Facebook.

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91 Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. November 29, 2011 at 2:46 pm

i would love a bowl of this tonight!

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92 KalynsKitchen November 29, 2011 at 3:16 pm

Lentils. Black Beans. Smoked Paprika. What a combination!

I was so sad I had to miss the event with Pam. Sounds like it was a lot of fun. But I already bought the book, so you don’t have to put me in the giveaway.

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93 Vaishali Sharda November 29, 2011 at 3:29 pm

Love this recipe. Will have to make it very soon with the weathers cooling down…:)!

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94 Vaishali Sharda November 29, 2011 at 3:29 pm

I follow you on Twitter!!

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95 Vaishali Sharda November 29, 2011 at 3:30 pm

I follow Pam and TMC on Twitter!

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96 Melanie November 29, 2011 at 3:52 pm

That looks awesome!

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97 Melanie November 29, 2011 at 3:53 pm

I like Cookin’ Canuck on facebook.

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98 Magic of Spice November 29, 2011 at 5:36 pm

What a beautiful soup…love the combination :)
And I am pretty sure I follow you everywhere ;)

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99 Sandra's Easy Cooking November 29, 2011 at 5:38 pm

What a great bowl of soup..sounds and look incredibly tasty!!! And I love tour photos too!!!
I follow you on twitter!

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100 Sandra's Easy Cooking November 29, 2011 at 5:39 pm

I follow Pam on twitter!!

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101 Stephanie November 29, 2011 at 5:39 pm

These were the exact ingredients I had LAST night, but now that I’ve read this, I’m gonna go buy them again. Good for my upcoming soup swap as well. Thanks!

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102 Heather c November 29, 2011 at 5:48 pm

Yum! Tomorrows dinner

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103 Julie November 29, 2011 at 6:04 pm

I like Cookin’ Canuck on Facebook. I also got a little bit overzealous with getting lentils from the bulk bin at Smith’s this week (about 2 lbs when I just needed a cup), so this soup looks perfect!

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104 Jill November 29, 2011 at 6:07 pm

This cookbook looks great!!!!

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105 Sarah L November 29, 2011 at 6:07 pm

That soup looks great!

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106 Heather November 29, 2011 at 6:19 pm

This soup looks delicious!!! I can’t wait to try it!

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107 Heather November 29, 2011 at 6:19 pm

I already follow Cookin’ Canuck on Twitter.

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108 Heather November 29, 2011 at 6:20 pm

I now Follow Pam Anderson on Twitter.

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109 Heather c November 29, 2011 at 6:24 pm

ILiked on fb. And decided to make it for dinner tonighy

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110 Pam November 29, 2011 at 6:26 pm

One of my fav veggie meals is a mix of barley, quinoa, lentils, white beans, rice, and diced carrots, celery and other aromatic/root veggies cooked in rich veggie broth! Very filling a tasty.

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111 Myrolin McNair November 29, 2011 at 6:33 pm

This sounds yummy! I’ve already printed it to try.

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112 Annie November 29, 2011 at 7:02 pm

This recipe sounds delish!
And I love giveaways. I’m addicted to cookbooks. Good reading!

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113 Annie November 29, 2011 at 7:13 pm

I shared this link on face book, too.

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114 Annie November 29, 2011 at 7:14 pm

I liked Cookin’ Canuck, too.

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115 Annie November 29, 2011 at 7:15 pm

I liked Pam Anderson, too.

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116 Annie November 29, 2011 at 7:16 pm

Or was it Three Many Cooks!

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117 Stephie @ Eat Your Heart Out November 29, 2011 at 7:47 pm

This looks delicious. I’ve found that recently, vegetarian soups seem to appeal most to me, especially ones that include any sort of beans. Yum.

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118 Rachel Blom November 29, 2011 at 8:10 pm

This looks good. I was just looking for a lentil soup recipe.

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119 Renee @ Beyond Rice and Tofu November 29, 2011 at 8:27 pm

This soup sounds wonderful, love the smoked paprika!

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120 Renee @ Beyond Rice and Tofu November 29, 2011 at 8:28 pm

I just liked Three Many Cooks on FB! Thanks for the giveaway.

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121 Renee @ Beyond Rice and Tofu November 29, 2011 at 8:29 pm

I just added Cookin Canuck to my friends on FB! Thanks again.

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122 Allison C November 29, 2011 at 8:51 pm

This soup sounds so good and is making me hungry! I’m a vegetarian and I’m always looking fr good veggie recipes!

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123 Allison C November 29, 2011 at 8:51 pm

I like you on FB

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124 Allison C November 29, 2011 at 8:52 pm

Just liked TMC on FB

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125 Deborah November 29, 2011 at 9:06 pm

I have been seeing this recipe all over Pinterest today, and couldn’t wait to come and check it out! It sounds so good. I’m definitely putting it on my list! (And you don’t need to enter my name for the giveaway, I already have a copy :) but I just had to comment because this looks so good!)

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126 Rachel Blom November 29, 2011 at 10:19 pm

I like Three Many Cooks on FB.

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127 Rachel Blom November 29, 2011 at 10:24 pm

I Like Cookin’ Canuck on Facebook.

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128 dee mallett November 29, 2011 at 10:29 pm

I “like” Three Many Cooks on Facebook.

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129 dee mallett November 29, 2011 at 10:31 pm

“liked” Cookin’ Canuck on facebook

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130 dee mallett November 29, 2011 at 10:35 pm

We love lentil soups. Our favorite is Creamy Kale Lentil. Looks like I have all the ingredients on hand, it will be extra tasty with my garden canned tomatoes. I just recently bought some smoked paprika at the bulk store. Looking forward to making this this week. thank you. :)

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131 J Langley November 29, 2011 at 10:36 pm

These soups look yummy. Great for cold winter days.

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132 Jen at The Three Little Piglets November 29, 2011 at 10:37 pm

I love her books too! I already follow you on Twitter.

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133 Jen at The Three Little Piglets November 29, 2011 at 10:38 pm

And I’m already a fan on Facebook!

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134 J Langley November 29, 2011 at 10:39 pm

I like Cookin’ Canuck on facebook.

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135 LeGwen November 29, 2011 at 10:45 pm

I “like”-d the Cookin’ Canuck FB page.

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136 LeGwen November 29, 2011 at 10:47 pm

I love lentils. They are quick cooking and delicious and does smoked paprika have the best smokey flavor or what? I can’t wait to try this recipe.

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137 LeGwen November 29, 2011 at 10:48 pm

I “like”-d Three Many Cooks FB page.

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138 Deb November 29, 2011 at 11:29 pm

I have been wanting to try my hand at soup with lentils – this recipe sounds delicious!

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139 Judy November 30, 2011 at 5:01 am

Ohhh! I have everything in house to make this on a rainy windy morning! Thanks for the great sounding and looking recipe! You solved the dinner today question!

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140 Julie November 30, 2011 at 7:23 am

Definitely would be interesting in cooking more meatless meals.

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141 Julie November 30, 2011 at 7:24 am

Ugh interested* not interesting. Also, I’m now following Cookin’ Canuck on Twitter.

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142 Sally November 30, 2011 at 8:50 am

Love your blog and use your recipes regularly to feed my family! Thanks so much for all the great content.

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143 Sally November 30, 2011 at 9:00 am

I follow Cookin’ Canuck on Twitter under the name @sallyTV.

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144 Sally November 30, 2011 at 9:01 am

I follow Pam Anderson on Twitter under the name @sallyTV.

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145 Isabelle @ Crumb November 30, 2011 at 9:26 am

I always start craving hearty, chunky soups once fall rolls around, and this one looks like it would be a perfect addition to my repertoire, especially with the lentils and beans for added protein, and the smoked paprika for spice… such a great antidote to the cold, wet weather we’ve been having!

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146 Isabelle @ Crumb November 30, 2011 at 9:27 am

PS – I already follow you on Twitter.

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147 Isabelle @ Crumb November 30, 2011 at 9:27 am

PPS – I just followed Pam on Twitter as well!

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148 Catherine November 30, 2011 at 9:56 am

Love your blog and the soup looks delicious!

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149 shayna November 30, 2011 at 10:15 am

that recipe looks delicious! I would love a book!

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150 Diana November 30, 2011 at 10:44 am

I’m obsessed with soups this time of year. I’ll have to try this one! That cookbook looks awesome. I’m definitely in a food rut and could use some good meatless inspiration

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151 Elizabeth November 30, 2011 at 11:00 am

Oh, this sounds like dinner! To avoid the BPA issue, I now cook my beans in the slowcooker for 3 hours on high–no soaking required (Smitten Kitchen). I ‘liked’ you on Facebook, but they have my old email and canoemail is no longer operational.

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152 Julia Holmes November 30, 2011 at 11:14 am

I have been looking for a Lentil soup that appealed to both me and my husband. This sounds like just the one.
Thanks Pam!

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153 RavieNomNoms November 30, 2011 at 11:51 am

This looks amazing! I am such a fan of black bean soup. It is so delicious

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154 Andrea W November 30, 2011 at 12:57 pm

One of the only things on my Christmas list this year is cookbooks – this would make a great Christmas gift!

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155 Andrea W November 30, 2011 at 12:57 pm

I like you on Facebook!

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156 El Ross November 30, 2011 at 1:56 pm

I simply must make this soup today. I’m really really tired, but this post is calling my name.

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157 Kimiko November 30, 2011 at 2:45 pm

What a great giveaway, and the perfect way to welcome in the holiday season. You can never have enough cookbooks! :)

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158 Kimiko November 30, 2011 at 2:45 pm

I like Three Many Cooks on Facebook

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159 Kimiko November 30, 2011 at 2:46 pm

I like Cookin’ Canuck on Facebook

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160 Cassie November 30, 2011 at 3:15 pm

I am a fan of meatless meals, this cookbook intrigues me. This soup sounds fabulous too. I love smoked paprika!

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161 MikeVFMK November 30, 2011 at 4:37 pm

You may not know but I have this thing for soups. This one right here looks amazing, Dara! Hearty and meatless and perfect for those really cold nights when a bowl of soup is really all you want to eat. Beautiful pics too!

Btw, love knowing this is a Pam Anderson recipe. Another winner.

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162 Monet November 30, 2011 at 4:54 pm

A great giveaway and a lovely soup recipe. Thank you for tempting me with this post. I’m hungry now and want to make this for dinner! I hope you have a lovely end to your week. I can’t believe it is already Thursday! Hugs and love from Austin.

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163 Dynamics November 30, 2011 at 5:14 pm

This sounds like an amazing book. Cannot wait to try your recipe.

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164 Casey November 30, 2011 at 5:21 pm

Looks delicious! I’m interersted in cooking more meatless meals for my family.

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165 Linda in Michigan November 30, 2011 at 6:17 pm

This recipe sounds great, can’t wait to try it. I began a vegetarian diet two weeks ago, inspired by “Forks Over Knives”.

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166 Chris @ TheKeenanCookbook November 30, 2011 at 7:20 pm

Yup. I too had one of those over indulging turkey stuffing gravy sandwich weekends. Thank goodness they are only once a year! My system needed a reboot. Could have used a soup like this (and that, as my wife will tell you, is quite a statement from someone who has only recently started liking beans) :)

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167 Marianne November 30, 2011 at 7:50 pm

Woo hoo! A yummy vegetarian recipe. Can’t wait to make this. Thanks.

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168 janet @ the taste space December 1, 2011 at 6:56 am

Soups are great for cooking by intuition… it is hard to muck them up. ;)

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169 Rachel @ Baked by Rachel December 1, 2011 at 7:40 am

I hate winter for the cold, lack of photo lighting and well… the cold BUT I love it for all of the warm recipes that can be whipped up, especially soups! This is fantastic. :)

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170 Lorelei December 1, 2011 at 10:09 am

Hello! I stumbled upon your blog and love it! I must give this soup a go, so yummy

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171 Kathy in MIchigan December 1, 2011 at 12:26 pm

My coworker smells like rotten celery. I’ll have to swap that celery out for something ~ I can’t stand the smell of celery anymore!!!

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172 Kathy December 1, 2011 at 12:27 pm

Found your site through Kalyn’s Kitchen. That soup looks delicious! Can’t wait to try it!

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173 Debbie December 1, 2011 at 3:39 pm

Found your recipe through Kalyn’s Kitchen too. Could you make this in a slower cooker?. I am going to try this for sure.

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174 Janet December 1, 2011 at 6:23 pm

That soup looks fab an I’d love the book to give to my daughter-in-law for Christmas!

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175 Sherry December 1, 2011 at 7:28 pm

Love Lentils and love soup. Time to cook!

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176 naomi December 1, 2011 at 11:14 pm

You just combined two of favs-black bean and lentils. This makes it a must make soup-stat!

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177 Sanjeeta kk December 1, 2011 at 11:37 pm

So comforting and creamy..would love to sit with a bowl of hot lentil soup and enjoy winter!

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178 Jay December 2, 2011 at 2:30 am

I am always looking for new recipes that use black beans…this one sounds wonderful! Just the thing to take the chill off on the soon- to- come snowy weekends!

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179 Kim December 2, 2011 at 8:03 am

This looks great. I’m always looking for lentil soup recipes.

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180 Kitty December 2, 2011 at 9:38 am

Looks divine!

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181 Tobie December 2, 2011 at 9:46 am

This looks like a wonderful recipe. I have the smoked paprika and not many recipes for it. Thanks for your generousity.

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182 Paula Vargo December 2, 2011 at 10:23 am

This soup looks super yummy! Can’t wait to try the recipe!!

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183 Margaret December 2, 2011 at 5:14 pm

I’ve been vegetarian for 2 years and my boyfriend vegan for 12… we’re running out of new ideas so this book would be perfect. The black bean soup looks so healthy and I’ve always been curious about paprika paired with it too!

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184 Siobhan December 2, 2011 at 9:48 pm

Always looking for creative lentil recipes, thanks for a great one!

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185 Kim December 3, 2011 at 4:24 pm

This was good timing as I have decided to try and go a little healthier. Not meatless but more veggies and fibre and less empty carbs. This filled the bill perfectly. As is, it was little bland for my taste (I tend to season fairly heavily) but it was easy to kick up the seasoning a little. I really enjoyed this.

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186 Celeste B. December 4, 2011 at 6:00 am

This sounds like a great winter dish. I’d love to win the cookbook and get more of Pam’s recipes.

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187 Julie Jackson December 4, 2011 at 8:56 am

Just found this site this morning and am already enticed. can’t wait to try the bean soup and next click will be to check out the cookin canuck site:) Thank you!!!

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188 Ginger December 4, 2011 at 6:21 pm

This soup was so good! I loved everything about it! I didnt have fresh parsley, but happened to have cilantro, so I added a tiny bit of it. It was delicious! Thanks for a great recipe!!!

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189 TexAnn D. December 5, 2011 at 5:32 am

This sounds delicious. Thanks for the vegan recipe idea!

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190 Jennifer B. December 5, 2011 at 9:00 am

I love healthy recipes like this! I almost always have these ingredients on hand and it is easy on my budget.

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191 marla December 6, 2011 at 7:12 am

LOVE it Dara. I also have this book and it does provide amazing inspiration for those meatless meals. Lovely soup :)

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192 BridgetSoup December 6, 2011 at 10:11 am

I just put this on my wish list on Amazon! It looks so yummy!

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193 Kevin (Closet Cooking) December 6, 2011 at 8:14 pm

That is one hearty and tasty looking soup!

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194 Arden L December 10, 2011 at 10:23 am

Love your blog, Dara! What did you use for a garnish on the lentil-black bean soup, besides the parsley? Is that a slice of cheese or French bread floating on the top of the soup?

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195 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) December 10, 2011 at 11:30 am

Thanks so much, Arden. That is actually just a little dollop of plain Greek yogurt on top.

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196 Aggie December 20, 2011 at 8:54 pm

Wow, that soup looks incredible. I always make my lentil soup the same way, and it’s getting old. I need to try this!! And I need to get my hands on that book. It’s so nice to find meatless cookbooks to keep those meat free meals interesting.

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197 Heather December 28, 2011 at 11:59 am

I just stumbled upon your site, and found this recipe. Made it last night and it is so good. It tastes and smells like something that been cooking all day but really just takes as long it takes to chop things and cook the lentils through. I’m looking forward to having the leftovers for lunch today! Thank you!

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198 J. Marie Weldon January 9, 2012 at 9:55 am

We’d love a chance to win–thanks for the opportunity!

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199 Courtney January 10, 2012 at 3:43 pm

I made this several nights ago and absolutely loved it. I usually eat mostly meatless meals but ended up adding some andouille sausage to this. It was so delicious and just what I was looking for. Thanks for the awesome recipe!

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200 Jaime January 13, 2012 at 6:39 pm

I’m loving this soup! I made this last weekend, and am working on the leftovers. My hubby is allergic to lentils, so…more for me!

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201 Becky February 9, 2012 at 3:46 pm

I am making this soup now and it smells delicious! Thanks for posting a vegan recipe.

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202 Brandy February 9, 2012 at 7:14 pm

I made this the other day and it was sooo good!!! Mmm!! Since it was so thick I poured it over rice. It made it even better! I will have to make it again! Thank you so much for sharing! :)

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203 Staci February 10, 2012 at 9:11 am

Thank you for sharing so many great recipes! Aloha!

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204 Christine B February 10, 2012 at 9:13 am

Wow, that looks really good! I am supposed to be eating healthier and with less meat. It is hard when you are used to what you grew up with. That looks like a step in the right direction. I am definitely printing this to try! Thanks for sharing :o).

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205 ElizabethH April 5, 2012 at 2:52 am

Do not put hot soup in the blender. You know how you can hold a tight jar under hot water and it loosens the seal? Well, hot soup does the same thing to the bottom seal on a blender! I learned this the hard way while making this soup for dinner!

The soup was tasty, but not worth that mess. If I make it again, I’ll be experimenting with different techniques.

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206 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) April 5, 2012 at 6:56 am

Hi Elizabeth, I’m sorry you had such a mess on your hands. Believe me, I’ve had the same kind of experience (the steam blowing the top off of the blender). That I why I suggested letting the soup cool for 10 minutes before putting it in the blender. You might want to consider increasing the cooling time the next time you make a blender soup just to make sure you don’t have any more problems.

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207 CobyG October 29, 2012 at 1:37 pm

This sounds soooo good! The cookbook would be awesome too!

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208 CobyG October 29, 2012 at 1:38 pm

I follow Cookin’ Canuck on facebook

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209 CobyG October 29, 2012 at 1:39 pm

I follow Three Many Cooks on facebook

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210 Susan F Eaton October 30, 2012 at 7:17 pm

I don’t have Twitter but already follow you on FB and now “Three Many Cooks”. I also follow you both on Pinterest.:-). I found you when I googled thumbprint cookies a year or so ago and follow you ever since.:-). I followed you before you started thinking of marathon and I’m so proud of you. I need you to come over here to motivate me.:-)

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211 Shannon C October 30, 2012 at 8:46 pm

Sounds tasty :) love the improv

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212 Shannon C October 30, 2012 at 8:46 pm

I like you on Facebook as well!

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213 Sarah@Crazy Love Gamble-Style November 15, 2012 at 12:19 pm

Think this would work in a crockpot? If so do you think you could just throw it all in & let it go or would you still need to saute the veggies?

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214 Carolyn December 2, 2012 at 1:16 pm

I saw this recipe on pinterest and had to repin. I am in love with black beans and considering switching to a vegetarian diet. With recipes like this one, the switch may be closer than anticipated. Thanks for the creation, I can’t wait to try it.

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215 Lori M November 10, 2013 at 9:32 am

I made this last night and it was a hit! Even my son who is a picky eater ate every bit of it. Will definitely be making this again. Thank you so much! Can’t wait for more soup recipes. Love your site!

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216 Sheril December 2, 2013 at 7:41 pm

Great soup! I added a couple of handfuls of chopped kale as well as some red pepper flakes for an extra kick! Delicious.

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217 Julie January 4, 2014 at 9:42 am

Hi – my boyfriend are planning to make this soup for dinner. Have you tried doing it in a crockpot? If so, how did you do it? Thanks!

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218 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) January 4, 2014 at 11:38 am

Hi Julie, I haven’t made this in a crockpot. It doesn’t actually take that long to put it together and, honestly, I think you’d spend just as much time prepping for the crockpot as you would making the soup in a regular saucepan. For example, you would still need to soften the vegetables on the stovetop and run half of the soup through a food processor to achieve the right texture. I hope you’ll still give it a try. It’s one of our favorites!

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219 Terri January 8, 2014 at 6:50 pm

I added about 1/4 tsp fenugreek powder and doubled the amount of black beans. Getting ready to serve it up now.

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220 haley February 7, 2014 at 4:57 pm

I’ve made this twice now and both times it has no flavor. I’m not sure why.

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221 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) February 7, 2014 at 5:12 pm

Hi Haley, I’m sorry to hear that you’ve had that experience. This soup is typically a popular one with my readers (see comments above), so I’m not sure why it hasn’t turned out for you. That being said, let’s try to work this out. Here are a few suggestions:

1) Be sure you taste the soup and season properly with salt and pepper. This step alone will make a huge difference.
2) Use a good-quality vegetable or chicken broth. Since that is the base liquid, its flavor will have a great effect on the outcome.
3) You could try increasing the amount of smoked paprika to your liking.

I hope that helps!

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222 Debbie March 31, 2014 at 11:33 am

Hi Dara, my boyfriend and I just had this for lunch and it was yummy, thank you. I was wondering if you could include the nutritional values as my boyfriend’s on a diet and he’d like to add the calories etc into his mobile app.

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223 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) March 31, 2014 at 12:34 pm

Hi Debbie, I’m so glad you enjoyed it! I just added in the nutritional information. I’m sorry that the serving size is a little vague. The next time I make this soup, I’ll be sure to update that to a more accurate measurement.

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224 Debbie April 1, 2014 at 8:01 am

Thank you so much Dara, that’s very kind of you. I look forward to trying out some of your other recipes

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225 Holly April 15, 2014 at 5:07 pm

This was pretty good for a meatless soup. Was a bit bland for our taste. Added cumin and cayenne pepper.

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228 Cyn November 18, 2014 at 7:35 pm

Of course I made it my own but the basic recipe is superb. Dinner was delicious and plenty of leftovers.

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