Ina’s Green Lentil and Sausage Soup


IMG_3280I was looking for a lentil soup recipe and this was one I had to try. It had 5 stars so it must be good right? It did not disappoint. Ina’s recipes are simple yet tasty, very rarely do I have to change to my taste.

If you cannot find or want to order the french lentils, go ahead and use what you can find. I purchase at an organic food source. You can also use the colored lentils.

Green Lentil Soup with Sausage

Ina Garten

Ingredients* 1 pound French green lentils (recommended: du Puy)
* 1/4 cup olive oil, plus extra for serving
* 4 cups diced yellow onions (3 large)
* 4 cups chopped leeks, white and light green parts only (2 leeks)
* 1 tablespoon minced garlic (2 large cloves)
* 1 tablespoon kosher salt
* 1 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
* 1 tablespoon minced fresh thyme leaves
* 1 teaspoon ground cumin
* 3 cups medium diced celery (8 stalks)
* 3 cups medium diced carrots (4 to 6 carrots)
* 3 quarts Homemade Chicken Stock,  or canned broth
* 1/4 cup tomato paste
* 1 pound kielbasa, cut in 1/2 lengthwise and sliced 1/3-inch thick
* 2 tablespoons dry red wine or red wine vinegar
* Freshly grated Parmesan, for serving and/or chives or fresh parsley

DirectionsIn a large bowl, cover the lentils with boiling water and allow to sit for 15 minutes. Drain.In a large stockpot over medium heat, heat the olive oil and saute the onions, leeks, garlic, salt, pepper, thyme, and cumin for 20 minutes, or until the vegetables are translucent and tender. Add the celery and carrots and saute for another 10 minutes. Add the chicken stock, tomato paste, and drained lentils, cover, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer uncovered for 1 hour, or until the lentils are cooked through and tender. Check the seasonings. Add the kielbasa and red wine and simmer until the kielbasa is hot.
Serve drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with grated Parmesan and some crusty bread. Delish!!
Here is the link where I have ordered those fab lentils:
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