Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Recipes :: Sausage & Red Lentil Soup - Healthy & Delish!

I've been trying to find ways to sneak a few healthy foods into my weekly meals. Running The Caramel Jar - although loads of fun, is a tad time consuming! Thus, finding yummy and healthy foods that will last more than one meal is essential. At last... I've created a lentil soup that is delicious, colorful and filled with tasty sausage and healthy lentils! I have a feeling even your kids will eat this one too!
This is one of my all time favorite soups!
Full recipe after the jump!

Red Lentil Soup with Sausage

1 cup red lentils
4 hot Italian sausage links
1 qt of chicken stock
2 cups of water
1 large onion
3 carrots
2 stalks of celery
3 cloves of garlic
black pepper to taste {dash of red peppers optional}
few sprigs of fresh thyme {optional}

I love storing soup in mason jars! It can make the perfect get well gift!

Dice your onion, grate or mince your garlic, chop your carrots and celery into small bite size pieces. Quarter your sausages lengthwise if possible - or remove casings of fresh sausage.

Heat a 4 qt pan or soup pot to medium high. Add 2 tsp of olive oil to pan. Let the oil heat up 30 seconds - 1 minute then add your onions. Soften for 3 minutes. Add your pieces of sausage or uncased sausage to break up and brown in your pan. Brown for 3-5 minutes.

Add carrots and celery. Continue to saute - 2-3 minutes. Add your grated or minced garlic, fresh thyme and freshly ground black pepper or red pepper flakes. Saute 1-2 minutes. Careful not to burn the garlic, just liven it up a bit until fragrant.

Crack open your stock and add to the sausage/veg mixture and mix. Add in lentils and stir to incorporate. Bring to boil {6-7 minutes} and then turn heat down to simmer. Cook until lentils are soft {15-20 minutes}. You might need to add a little water, if your soup becomes thick during the simmer process. I usually end up adding 1-2 cups of water during the duration of the simmer process.

Makes just shy of 2 quarts - depending on how thick you prefer your soup and how much water you added during the cooking process. Be careful - the lentils collect on the bottom of the pot - so you should stir occasionally to prevent sticking/burning.

Until next time,

Your Chief Caramel Girl

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  1. nice posting.. thanks for sharing.

  2. i made this last night with chicken sausage and it was deeee-lish! thanks!