Gourmet Lentil Soup

Lentils are an incredibly hearty legume that absorb the flavors in which they are combined. Learn how to make lentil soup that is sure to satisfy your hunger while delighting your taste buds!

Lentils in Italy are a speciality on New Year‘s Day. They symbolize good fortune and prosperity in the year to come. Lentil soup can be made in a variety of ways. This recipe has been perfected by my mother, and offers a spicy kick to a traditional lentil soup.

Ingredients (for a party of 4):

3 whole carrots

1 whole fennel (or 3 stalks of celery)

1 whole yellow onion

1 cup of red lentils

2 cloves of garlic

4-6 Campari tomatoes

2-3 Cajun andouille sausages

1/4 cup of parsley

1/2 tsp of red pepper flakes

1/8 tsp of cayenne pepper

2 tbsps of extra virgin olive oil

Approximately 2-3 cups of chicken broth

Start by heating up your olive oil in a medium to large sized pot. Finely chop your onion and add to the pot on low heat. You’ll want to wait until the onions are a golden translucent color before adding the other ingredients.

Finely chop your carrots, fennel (or celery), garlic, and andouille sausages. Cut your Campari tomatoes into 4’s.

Once your onions are ready, add your carrots, fennel (or celery), garlic and Campari tomatoes. Stir and add a dash of chicken broth if the mixture becomes too dry. Cover your pot and turn up the heat to medium.

After 10 minutes (or once you can see the flavors starting to blend nicely) add the parsley, salt, sausage, and lentils. Lastly, add the chicken broth until it fills the top of the pot (this can be 2-3 cups or more).

Let this soup simmer for about 20-30 minutes and serve hot.

Lentil soup before simmering.
Lentil soup after simmering. Notice how the lentils have absorbed a lot of the broth!

Let me know how your lentil soup tastes in the comments!

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