This Lentil & Beef Soup was part of my NYE menu. Supposedly lentils on NY represent prosperity so I figured, hey we could always use a little extra luck in that department! See the funny part about this soup, well I had intentions of using two types of lentils and also adding barley... well apparently the cashier at the store forgot to give me one of my bags and I didn't notice until 2 days later. So, change of plans a little and it really came out delicious!!
Its hearty and so good for you with all the lentils, veg and beans! This soup was also the perfect way to use up the leftover New York Strip Roast from Christmas that I had frozen. You can use raw beef just the same in this recipe, I'd simply cook it a bit longer so the beef has time to be fall apart tender. By cooking longer you may need to add a bit more broth. You could also make this soup in a slow cooker, just toss all the ingredients in and set on low for anywhere 6-8 hours.