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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.
- 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
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.
nutrition information per serving
681 calories; 24g total fat; 38mg cholesterol; 1674mg sodium; 80g carbohydrates; 39g fiber; 41g protein
These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.
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