Lentil Stew with Sausage

21 Jul

INGREDIENTS

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 lb smoked sausage, sliced
1 onion, chopped
1 cup chopped celery (or just use more carrots if you don’t have celery)
1 1/2 cups chopped peeled carrots
3 garlic cloves, minced (about 3 tsp)
1 tsp cumin
1 lb brown or green lentils
3 cups water
3 cups chicken broth
1/2 tsp dried thyme
2 bay leaves
Salt and pepper, to taste

DIRECTIONS

  1. Heat a large, thick-bottomed pot (6 to 8 quart) on medium heat. Stir in sausages and cook until brown. Remove from pot and set aside.
  2. Add onion, celery, and carrots to oil and fat remaining in pot and cook until tender. Add garlic and cumin to vegetables and while stirring cook for another 30 seconds, until fragrant. 
  3. Add lentils, water, broth, thyme, and bay leaves to the pot and bring to a boil. Mix in browned sausages and make sure all lentils are covered with liquid. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until lentils are soft (20-30 mins) stirring occasionally. Add more water or broth if soup is too thick and season with salt and pepper to taste.
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