I love soup nights, because I make enough soup to feed an army, and we go at the pot for several days afterward.
Tonight was something I'd never tried before.
I grew up eating a lot of whole grains and legumes of all sorts. But as an adult I've wandered into crappy bread land, and very few beans, etc. This changed tonight.
A couple of good sized hunks of leftover steak, cut into 1/4 inch chunks
Three very meaty beef ribs
One pound of red lentils
One cup of brown rice
One bag of frozen mixed veggies (peas, limas, corn, carrots, string beans)
Ten cubes of beef bouillion
Twelve cups of water.
Bring water and beef ribs and lentils and bouillion to a boil. Remove ribs when cooked and chop the meat off them. Give the bones to the dog to gnaw what he can from them (and take them away before he splinters them). Lower heat to a simmer. Add one cup of brown rice and frozen veggies. Add NO SPICES/FLAVORINGS except the bouillion cubes. Simmer until rice and lentils are thoroughly cooked, about 25 minutes.
This soup was heavenly. Sam, who is not crazy about soup, had two helpings and went back for more later on while we were watching "Keeping Up Appearances" on PBS. The boys ate all of theirs and had seconds. There will not be enough left for another meal.
I am writing the recipe down here so that I can duplicate it in the future.