Thursday, September 23, 2010

Ina Garten's Lentil Sausage Soup

Rainy days are perfect for a pot of soup bubbling on the stove. I made this Lentil Sausage Soup soup a few Sundays ago, and well we all fell head over heels (except for Ian.

Lentil Sausage Soup
I adapted this from Ina Garten's Barefoot in Paris

1/2 pound lentils
2 Tbs. Olive oil
1 large diced yellow onion
1 tablespoon minced garlic (2 large cloves)
kosher salt
freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon minced fresh thyme leaves
1 teaspoon ground cumin
4 stalks medium diced celery
2 medium diced carrots
6 cups chicken stock
1/4 cup tomato paste
1 pound kielbasa grilled and cut in 1/2 lengthwise and sliced 1/3-inch thick
1 tbs. red wine vinegar
Freshly grated Parmesan, for serving

In 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, 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 for a few minutes. Serve sprinkled with grated Parmesan.

Tomorrow Brian and I are going to Bars Bakery for caramel rolls and coffee...yummy!! Then we are going to do errands Trader Joe's, and a garage sale that my sister and her dear friend are hosting. Katie and I are going to dine on Big Bowl and watch Sense and Sensibility. The boys are going to a Bday party. Saturday is the neighborhood clean-up, and more "preparing for fall/projects." Sunday is church and some r&r, this probably includes watching a football game. How about you friends? What are your plans?
Have a great weekend!

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