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Hearty Lentil Soup


This is a delicious, hearty lentil soup with lots of vegetables. Veggies include zucchini, tomatoes, turnips, carrots, and more.


  • 2 to 3 lbs. meaty beef shanks
  • 3 medium potatoes, diced
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 can (28 ounces) tomatoes, broken up
  • 5 beef bouillon cubes
  • 1/4 cup fresh chopped basil, packed (or 2 tsp. dried)
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 med. zucchini, chopped
  • 3 carrots, chopped
  • 2 small turnips, diced
  • 3 stalks celery, sliced
  • 5 cups water
  • 1/2 lb. lentils
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper


Put everything except the zucchini in a slow cooker. Set it on low and let it simmer for 8 to 9 hours. Remove the beef and cut the meat off the bones, returning the chunks of meat to the soup. Turn the cooker to high and add the zucchini. Cook on high another hour, until zucchini is tender. Freezes well.
Serves 6 to 8.

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