Thursday, February 11, 2010

Lentil Vegetable Soup

This soup is delicious. Then again, I love lentils. Lentils are so good for you too. This is a filling and healthy meal. My 2 year old loves this stuff.

Lentil Vegetable Soup

2 cups lentils
8 cups water
1/2 lb sausage
1/2 cup chopped celery (I usually add about 3/4 cup.)
1/2 cup chopped carrots (I usually add about 3/4 cup.)
1/2 cup chopped onions (I usually add about 3/4 cup.)
1 clove minced garlic
2 1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 tsp. basil
3 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
1/4 tsp. pepper
2 cups fresh tomatoes diced
2 Tbsp. wine vinegar
Parmesan Cheese (This is a must in my book.)

Brown sausage. Drain off any fat. Rinse lentils, drain and place in soup kettle. Add water and sausage, celery, carrots, onion, parsley, garlic, salt, pepper, oregano, and basil. Cover and simmer 1 1/2 hours. Add tomatoes and wine vinegar. Simmer covered for 30 minutes longer. Season to taste. Top individual servings with parmesan cheese. Makes 8-10 servings.

Recipe Source:  adapted from Heather Weston

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