Soup. My sister in law eats it for breakfast. My husband requests it weekly. My mother in law makes it for Christmas dinner. I have lots and lots of soup recipes, several that I make by heart: chicken soup with rice or noodles, creamy chicken soup, taco soup, cabbage soup. My newest addition is the twice made, and twice enjoyed Lentil Sausage Soup.
I have no idea where I got the recipe from the first time, and I tried hunting it down the other day. Why do I not use Pinterest enough?! …that is kind of funny since, I am always on Pinterest. I must be doing something wrong. Posting too much? Not actually using the recipes that I post. I need some kind of system to tell myself how many times I’ve used the recipes that I pin, or if I have never used it at all. My memory does NOT serve me well.
The recipe that I found was most like the first recipe worked great. I changed it minimally. Here is the original recipe. Here is mine:
2 Tbsp oil
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup chopped celery
1 cup chopped carrot
1/2 bag of dried lentil
1 can diced tomatoes with Italian herbs
1 tsp. EACH ground garlic, basil, oregano
1 bay leaf
6 cups of water
2 beef bullion
1 lite or turkey kielbasa
Salt and pepper to taste
Grated Parmesan and Tabasco or other hot sauce for serving
In large soup pot, sauté onion, celery, and carrot until soft in the oil. Season lightly with salt here.
Add the rest of the ingredients up to kielbasa.
Cover with lid a little open to let the steam out and cook until lentils are soft- about 40 minutes to one hour I like to simmer for. You can add more water if it gets absorbed.
I season at the end with any missing salt or pepper to taste.
Slice kielbasa in coin size and then in half. Sauté it in a grill pan, then add to the soup. Serve with parm on top, and hot sauce on the side.
Unfortunately, when I went to take a picture, it was gone. Proof is in the empty dish folks. Try this one!