Sunday, October 4, 2009

Ina's Lentil and Sausage Soup - Please tell me you will make it.


  • 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


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, 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.

Serve with crusty bread and salad. Better the next day. YUM!

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Jenn Erickson said...

Natalie, thank you so much for visiting Rook No. 17 and for entering my contest. I love your blog. This recipe looks fabulous. Lentil soup is one of my favorites. I was reading Dr. Sears Healthy Families book recently and he was definitely pro-Lentil. I look forward to exploring your blog further.
Jenn @

amydear said...

I tell you I will make it! But without the sausage. Does that count?

Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice said...

OH I WILL SOOOOOOOO BE MAKING THAT!!! I lost my fave lentil soup recipe just in time for fall!!! THAT'S FINALLY HERE!!!!!

Brittany said...

Sounds so yummy! Thanks for sharing! :)

Jenn said...

That looks amazing!!! I love Puy Lentils--they are my new favorite--the others don't even compare. Yesterday was so much fun--loved having you guys down!

Unknown said...

The soup looks perfect for the fall.

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