Sunday, November 6, 2011

Sausage & Lentil Soup

The word "sausage" may strike fear in your heart, but don't despair!  If your little piggy was raised by a conscientious farmer and ate what pigs were always meant to eat, then sausage is not nearly as unhealthy for you as you may have been programmed to think.  Still, there's no need to eat any more meat than necessary, so I reduced the amount of sausage this recipe originally called for by half without sacrificing the flavor.

Source:  Adapted from K. Keener

Bring to a boil and simmer 20 minutes:
1 c. lentils
2 c. chicken stock
1/2 c. water
1 bay leaf
1 t. salt

Add to cooked lentils:
1/2 lb. sausage, browned
16 oz. canned tomatoes
1/2 c. water
1/4 t. oregano
1/2 - 1 t. sea salt
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced

Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer 20-30 minutes until lentils and celery are tender.

(The soup is very thick, so you may wish to add more water or broth to thin to desired consistency.)

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