Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Lentil Soup

I made up this lentil soup, while it is not vegetarian (could be if you used soy sausage), it is tomato-free - and it's hard to find soups without tomatoes!

2 t. oil
2 leeks (trimmed & washed, sliced thinly)
1 pound Italian pork sausage (or you could use chicken/soy - yes, pork is terrible for you but it is actually one of the few meats my husband is not sensitive to)
3-4 carrots, peeled & sliced
2-3 potatoes diced in about 1/2" cubes
1 1/2 cups brown lentils, rinsed
2 cups of vegetable or chicken broth

Fry the leeks in the oil in a large stockpot, then remove the casings from the pork sausage and crumble into the pot.  Fry until no longer pink, then add the carrots & potatoes.  Fry about 1-2 more minutes, then add the lentils, broth and enough water so that everything is covered.  Simmer about 1 hour.