PATTY SCARDINO'S ITALIAN LENTIL SOUP

2 Links Italian sausage (chicken, turkey or pork) casings removed

1 Tbl Olive oil

Red pepper flakes

3 cloves minced garlic

1 medium onion diced

2 stalks celery diced

1 C carrots diced

1 bag dry lentils rinsed and drained

1 bay leaf

2-3 sprigs fresh thyme

1 14 oz can diced tomatoes

4-6 cups chicken or vegetable broth

Salt and Pepper to taste

Yield: 6-8 servings

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In a large pot or dutch oven, on medium heat, brown sausage breaking it up into small pieces.  Remove sausage and set aside.

 

Add 1 tbl olive oil to hot pan, add red pepper flakes.  Toss in onions, garlic, celery and carrots.  Cook until onions are translucent (2-3 mins) do not brown.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.

 

Add bay leaf, and thyme, stir through.  Add lentils and cook together for a minute or two.  Add sausage back into pot and stir, combining ingredients

 

Add diced tomatoes, stir.

 

Add 4 cups broth and combine ingredients.  Cover pot, and bring up to a boil.  Take pot down to a simmer, and cook covered for approximately 1- 1 ½  hours.   Check for seasoning and make sure lentils are cooked through and tender.  If soup is too thick, add broth as needed. 

 

For vegan/vegetarian version omit sausage and use vegetable broth.  Soup freezes very well.

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