Thursday, January 20, 2011

Lentil Soup

I've never had lentils before. Never really had a desire to eat lentils. They just look like they would be so blah. But for some reason, I've been obsessed with looking at lentil soup recipes lately. So I took the plunge. And to my surprise, I actually liked it. But I really think the chipotle was a vital ingredient.

Lentil Soup
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1 lb all-natural chicken sausage, sliced on bias
2 t extra virgin olive oil
1/2 onion, chopped
2 c mushrooms, sliced
2 garlic cloves, minced
Salt and pepper
1 t fresh rosemary, chopped
1 chipotle, minced
1 c lentils, rinsed
4 c chicken broth
2 c water
1 Roma tomato, seeded and chopped
2 c kale, chopped

In large pot, heat oil over medium high heat. Sear chicken sausage for 2-3 minutes per side, until browned. Remove from pot. Add onion and mushrooms to pot and saute for 4-5 minutes, or until onion is translucent. Stir in garlic, salt, pepper, rosemary and chipotle. Let cook for 1 minute. Add lentils, chicken broth, water and tomatoes. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer. Cover pot and let simmer for 30-40 minutes, or until lentils are tender. Stir in kale and chicken sausage. Let kale wilt down for about 2 minutes.

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