Lentil Soup

I’m not going to lie to you, lentils. I have not loved you long time.LentilSoup

Lentils are one of those foods my mom used to try and force on me when I was young. Why did I make like my mouth was wired shut every time she offered these up? Out of spite, obviously. She was an adult – and I – a child. She could not be trusted with major decision making when it came to what I ate. She was already in charge of my wardrobe and hairstyle, neither of which were working out so hot.

All right, mom. I’ll admit I was wrong about this one. Lentils are legit.

Oh. You were right about medjool dates too. Although I don’t 100% agree with your stance on them tasting “just like candy,” I give it to ya. They’re good.

Sausage

My mother is the reason I’m posting this today. She’s been wanting this Lentil Soup recipe for some time now. Like, a year. Time flies when you’re keeping kitchen secrets.

I guess this is a good test to see if she’s been keeping up with this little blog o’ mine. Let’s see how long it takes her to realize this is up, shall we?

Should she happen across this post, she’ll be mortified by how banged up my dutch oven is.

Did that last sentence sound dirty to anyone else or just me? I got a gutter mind.

Anyway, she got me that well loved kitchen tool you see in the picture above and those battle scars are proof of how often I put it to use. The thing’s a workhorse, but it’s enamel gave up somewhere along the way. Oh well.

Veggies

This Lentil Soup has got a lot goin’ on. Like, hot Italian turkey sausage, onion, celery, carrots and garlic.

So far, so good.

Did I drag your minds into my gutter with that bit about hot Italian sausage? Simmer down now.

Lentils

Speaking of simmering, after the sausage has browned and your veggies have softened slightly, you’re going to add even more awesome and let this business bubble away on the stove.

If you’re not ready for your house to smell amazing, walk away from this recipe now.

Here, we have the star of the show: lentils. Add a cup to your pot and put the rest away. Worried about how to use the rest? How ’bout another batch of this soup? It’s bound to happen.

BayLeaves

Next up are some big bay leaves for flavor. Just be sure to pick ’em out of the pot before you serve up your soup! Eric always happens to get the unexpected extras. Bay leaves, eggshells, strands of brown hair that are way too long to be his…you name it, he’s almost eaten it.

Oops and I’m sorry.

Simmer

Okay, just a few more ingredients and we’re well on our way to having a big bowl of hearty, satisfying soup. In goes a giant can of crushed tomatoes, six cups of chicken broth and a little bit of black pepper.

Or a lot of pepper, if you prefer.

I’m not the pepper police.

Kale

Last but never least – until the next trendy super food moves in and stomps all over it – is some kale. I slice mine into thin ribbons before shakin’ it up in a salad spinner and adding it into the pot. Sure, you could use spinach or chard, but I really like the way kale holds up even after being cooked a while. To me, kale is the perfect green to complete this soup.

You hear that, kale? You…complete…me. Jerry Maguire style.

Spoonful

Each spoonful of this soup is like a flavor explosion. Which reminds me…has anyone else been thoroughly enjoying the hot mess that is Real World Explosion?

Lentil Soup

adapted from Smitten Kitchen
Serves: 6
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes

Ingredients:
6 large links of sweet or hot Italian sausage, casings removed
1 medium onion, diced
2 celery stalks, sliced or diced
2 medium carrots, peeled and sliced into half-moons or diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
Salt, to taste
A pinch of crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
1 cup brown lentils, sorted and rinsed
2 bay leaves
1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
6 cups low sodium chicken broth
Freshly ground black pepper
3 to 4 cups shredded or thinly ribboned kale
Parmesan cheese to finish

Directions:
Heat enough olive oil to coat bottom of a large pot – and warm over medium heat. When hot, add the sausage, breaking it up with a wooden spoon until it starts to brown, about five minutes. Add the onion, celery, carrots, garlic, a pinch fo salt, and if you like your soup spicy, a pinch of red pepper flakes. Cook with the sausage until the vegetables soften a bit, another 5 minutes. Add the lentils, bay leaves, tomatoes, broth, more salt and black pepper to taste. Bring to a simmer and allow to cook until the lentils are tender, about 40 minutes. (It might be necessary to add more water if the soup gets too thick, though we preferred ours on the thick side.)When the lentils are cooked, add the kale and cook until the leaves are tender, just a few minutes more. Discard the bay leaves.To finish, divide soup among bowls and top with parmesan, passing more at the table. Leftovers will keep for several days in the fridge.Lentilicious

My name is Brie and I’m at an awkward age where I’m too old to be watching the Real World and yet too young to eat and enjoy Lentil Soup as often as I do.

Or am I at the best age ever since I seem to get away with doing both?!

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4 thoughts on “Lentil Soup

  1. Ashley @ My Midwest Table February 5, 2014 at 11:40 am Reply

    I need a bowl of this soup, like, now! I recently became a fan of lentils, and it’s a good thing because my husband brought home a big bag of South Dakota grown ones not too long ago. This soup would be a perfect way to use them.

    Ummmmm. I am going to say that you are at the best age ever. Because I am too! 🙂

    • Brie February 5, 2014 at 12:05 pm Reply

      So happy to have a fellow lentil-lover/28-year-old 🙂

      Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting – please be sure to let me know if/when you make this soup. I promise you it will not disappoint! It’s been my go to soup for some time now and thank goodness for that. We’ve been having quite the winter this year – we’re getting everything on the east coast today that you guys out in the Midwest were getting earlier in the week.

      Nothing some soup can’t fix 🙂

  2. Mom February 8, 2014 at 2:57 pm Reply

    Okay Boo, The worrying about what you said of me is over. I now have the soup of the week and I will let you know the outcome. Love Mom

    • Brie February 9, 2014 at 7:09 am Reply

      That sounds like a threat…haha…hope you like this! Good luck tricking dad into eating lentils. Let me know…the outcome.

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