ITALIAN LENTIL AND RICE SOUP
Ingredients: Lentils, rice, celery, onions, parsley, garlic, red peppers, basil, black pepper, sea salt, thyme, marjoram.
1 package Italian Lentil and Rice Soup Mix
1 chicken breast (more chicken may be used, if desired)
12 cups water
1 14.5 oz. cans petite diced tomatoes
3 chicken bouillon cubes
Boil chicken in the 12 cups of water until tender. Remove chicken and cool. Cut chicken into bite size pieces. Add enough water to bring the chicken stock back to 12 cups of liquid. Add the soup packet, tomatoes, and bouillon cunes to the pot. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 1 ½ hours. Stir frequently to prevent sticking. Add chicken and heat through. Add additional water if soup becomes too thick.
Serve with grated parmesan cheese and crusty Italian bread.
Makes approximately 8 servings.