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.
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
How to Make It
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 Côtes-du-Rhône--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.
Really good recipe...I used Andouille Sausage. This was surprisingly loved by my husband, children and grandchildren...all of them requested it to be made again...I think this will be a go to recipe for a cold windy Fall day...
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