We had this for dinner last week, and it was good (I don't think Lentil soup is ever great), but the great thing about it was ALL my kids ate it and asked for more. Weird...it's not my favorite soup but I am sure I will make it again because 1) my kids ate it, 2) it's healthy, and 3) it's a good way to use up food storage stuff.
I didn't have any sausage, so I left it out. My kids probably wouldn't have like the sausage anyway.
This is the BEST. (from Amy Kroff)
1 C dry lentils
1 C shopped onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 T cooking oil
4 C beef broth
1 7.5 ouce can tomatoes, cut up
1 T worcestershire sauce
1/4 t. dried thyme or oregano
1/4 t. pepper
1/8 t. cumin
1 bay leaf
1/2 C chopped carrots
1/2 C chopped celery
1/2 lb. fully cooked smoked sausage links, sliced – or chopped ham
Rinse lentils, set aside. In a large saucepan cook onion and garlic in hot oil until tender but not brown. Stir in lentils, beef broth, undrained tomatoes, worcestershire sauce, thyme/oregano, pepper, cumin, and bay leaf. Bring to boiling, reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Add carrot and celery. Return to boiling, reduce heat. Simmer for 15-20 mins or until lentils and veggies are tender. Stir in meat – heat through. Discard bay leaf.