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Lentil Soup with Smoked Sausage

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Active Time:  15 Minutes
Total Time:  1 Hour
  Serves 4
This hearty soup, with its lentils and sausage, seems made for savory. For a special version, use imported Vertes du Puy lentils, which have a rich, earthy flavor. A firm whole-grain bread would be ideal alongside.
RECIPE INGREDIENTS
2 tablespoons cooking oil
2 ribs celery, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
1 carrot, chopped
1 pound lentils (about 2 1/3 cups)
1 1/2 cups drained canned diced tomatoes (one 15-ounce can)
2 1/2 quarts water, more if needed
4 teaspoons dried summer savory, or 1/4 cup chopped fresh savory
1 bay leaf
1 3/4 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper
1/2 pound kielbasa or other smoked sausage
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DIRECTIONS
In a large pot, heat the oil over moderate heat. Add the celery, onion, and carrot and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is translucent, 5 to 10 minutes.


Add the lentils; tomatoes; water; dried savory, if using; bay leaf; salt; and pepper. Bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat and cook, partially covered, until the lentils are tender, about 40 minutes.


Meanwhile, heat a large nonstick frying pan over moderately high heat. Add the sausage and cook, turning, until browned, about 3 minutes in all. Remove. When the sausage is cool enough to handle, cut it crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick slices.


Stir the sausage and fresh savory, if using, into the soup and simmer it for 5 minutes longer. Remove the bay leaf. If the soup is too thick for your taste, thin it with additional water.


WINE RECOMMENDATION: The inexpensive red wines called Cotes-du-Rhone -from a district of the same name in the south of France - tend to have earthy and spicy flavors that will nicely balance those of the lentils and sausages.


Recipe reprinted by permission of Food and Wine. All rights reserved.
Date Added: 01/01/2008
Nutrition Facts per Serving
Yield:   Serves 4
Calories: 681
Fat. Total: 24g
Fiber: 39g
Carbohydrates, Total: 80g
Sodium: 1674mg
% Cal. from Fat: 32%
Cholesterol: 38mg
Protein: 41g
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Rating: 4
by: Samantha, CA Reviewed: 12/18/2010
Quick and Tasty
used water and chicken stock; had no savory; added thyme; used fresh tomato instead of canned. yummy--even the kids liked it!
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