The Richmond Register

Lifestyles & Community

December 5, 2012

Soups to warm the soul on a cold winter's night

Table Talk





2 1/4 cup dry lentils

4 cups of tomato juice

1/2 cup sliced carrots

3 TBSP parsley

1/4 tsp black pepper

1 clove garlic minced or 1/8 tsp garlic powder

8 cups of water

1/2 cup chopped onion

1/2 cup sliced celery

1/2 tsp dried oregano


Rinse lentils and drain. In a large pan combine lentils, water and remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat. Cover and simmer 45 minutes. Makes Approx.15 cups

1 cup serving=Calories 120, Fiber-2 gm, Fat<1 gm, Carbohydrates-21 gms Protein-3.2 gms

Another different type of soup is from Hoss's Steak and Sea House in Meadville Pa.



2 pounds ground beef

1 can (28 oz) tomato sauce

1 can (28 oz) dice tomatoes,  not drained

2 cups cooked converted or long grain rice

2 cups chopped green pepper

2 beef bouillon cubes

1/4 cup of brown sugar

2 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon black pepper.


In  a large saucepan or Dutch oven, brown beef and drain off fat.

Add remaining ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30-40 minutes or until peppers are tender. Yield:10 servings

Before you leave my table I have to tell you one more "snow story". At one time I drove a school bus for Madison County School system. Remember I was raised in San Antonio and had no idea what snow chains were much less where they go on a vehicle. Mr. Adams the principal at the time at Kirksville Elementary called me one morning to tell me to go and have these chains put on the bus because they were getting ready to call school off. I went out to the local gas station on US 21 and insisted that the station employee (Mr Neely who was a great person to put up with my lack of knowledge of snow) put these chains on the front of the bus. He told me had it not been a school bus, he would have put them on my car to see how they would work on the front of a vehicle. Much to my embarrassment, I received a big slice of humble pie that day.

I do hope I have challenged you to try some different soups and that they indeed warm your soul on a cold winter's night.

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Arritta Morris has a bachelor's degree in nutrition from Eastern Kentucky University and a master's degree in counseling. She is certified as a Food Service Specialist by the School and Nutrition Association.

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