Monday, December 03, 2007

Lentil Soup Recipe with Italian Sausage and Roasted Red Peppers

Lentil and Sausage SopIn Utah it's been getting cold for a while now, but suddenly over the weekend it went from "soup sounds okay" to "must make soup now" weather. I woke up Saturday to snow on the ground and more snow falling, and had to give myself a serious talking-to before I managed to shovel the sidewalk and go to the grocery store. Well now I've resigned myself to the weather, plus I have some tasty soup to enjoy so life is seeming a little better.

I hadn't planned on taking soup to Peabody's virtual housewarming party but then I noticed that her new house is also buried in snow. Then the more I thought about it I realized that Peabody hangs with all those baking types who will likely all be bringing fancy desserts and such to the party, and well, someone has to bring something besides dessert. You cannot live on cakes, cookies, and Daring Bakers creations alone. So soup it is. Head over to Peabody's blog on December 8 to see what everyone else is bringing.

Lentil Soup with Italian Sausage and Roasted Red Peppers
(Makes 4-6 servings, recipe created by Kalyn.)

1 lb. turkey or pork Italian Sausage (use turkey sausage for South Beach Diet)
2 tsp. olive oil (or more, depending on your pan)
1 onion, diced into small pieces
1 cup brown lentils
6 cups homemade chicken stock (or use 3 cans chicken broth plus a little water)
2 tsp. ground fennel (do not leave out)
1 tsp. dried thyme
1 tsp. rubbed sage (dried)
1 12 oz. jar roasted red pepper

Heat olive oil in heavy frying pan, add Italian sausage and brown well, breaking sausage into pieces as it cooks. Add sausage to soup pot.

In same pan, adding more oil if needed, brown onions until softened and barely starting to brown. Add onions to soup pot. Rinse out pan with 1 cup chicken stock, then add to soup pot along with rest of stock, lentils, ground fennel, thyme, and sage. Cook at lowest possible simmer for about 45 minutes, until lentils are softened, but still holding their shape.

Drain red pepper while soup cooks, then chop into pieces about 1/2 inch square. Add red pepper to soup and cook about 45 minutes more, until some lentils are starting to fall apart and all flavors are well blended. Season with salt and fresh ground black pepper and serve hot.

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South Beach Suggestions:
With turkey Italian Sausage, this soup would be acceptable for any phase of the South Beach Diet. Lentils are considered a "good carb" for South Beach, but eat them in small amounts for phase one.

It's Easy to Love Soup with Lentils:
(Recipes from other blogs may or may not be South Beach Diet friendly, check ingredients.)
Steve's Lentil Soup (Inspired by Farmgirl)
Lentil and Sausage Soup with Cabbage
Lentil and Sausage Soup with Sweet Potatoes and Herbs
Lentil Soup with Ground Beef and Brown Rice
Perfect Lentil Soup from Seriously Good
Orange Lentil Soup with Curry Powder and Spinach from Avenue Food
Oven-Cooked Lentil Soup from A Veggie Venture
Red Lentil Soup from Almost Turkish Recipes
Red Lentil Soup with Garam Masala from Sassy Radish
Greek Lentil Soup from Alice Q. Foodie
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  1. Looking at a picture for an oatmeal recipe on your Blog, I am wondering if you are from South Africa? That Jungle Oatmeal is so South African!!!!!!

  2. Mariekie, no, I'm from Utah. The box of oatmeal you're talking about was photographed at Alanna Kellogg's house in St. Louis, but I'm not sure where she got it. As far as I know she hasn't been to South Africa, but I know she does shop at an import store so she might have gotten it there.

  3. Ellie the Kitchen WenchDecember 3, 2007 at 3:57 PM

    Kalyn, this looks quite fabulous! And with all those flavours, I can imagine it would be beautifully fragrant and tasty too :)

    Ellie @ Kitchen Wench

  4. I swear you're like the gourmet soup queen, always coming up with these tasty combos.

  5. I love every lentil soup I've ever come across, and I'm looking forward to adding this version to my repertoire. Thanks for the wonderful recipe -- perfect for the cold weather we're having in New England.

  6. Thanks everybody for the nice comments. I love my new title: The Gourmet Soup Queen. Seriously, I do love making soup, just making it up as I go(have to force myself to write down the recipes.

  7. This soup sounds really tasty. I need to start using lentils more often.

  8. I just started SBD on Saturday, so far so good. This looks like a great soup!


  9. although there is no snow in here, I'm still longing for this soup... actally I'm gonna make it this afternoon. Thanks Kalyn!

  10. All those baking types...we sound like a gang of bikers :)
    Oh yes, this soup sounds good right about now. Sadly we went from that beautiful snow to tons and tons of much that we broke records...lucky us.

  11. Your soup would be the perfe4ct comfort food Kalyn. We had our first snow storm of the season on Friday. Since then it has been raining, snowing, name it....soup is needed now!

  12. How perfect for a housewarming! And even Dallas is getting close to soup weather and lentil must be my favorite. I'll use Whole Foods Hot Italian Chicken Sausage and maybe an extra roasted red pepper!

  13. This looks amazing - I can't wait to try!

  14. Yes! This could easily become part of my repertoire, once I get off the current round of meetings and events that is keeping me out of the kitchen.

  15. I'm such a sucker for soup. I love the sound of this sausage and pepper combo in a warming soupy bowlfull.

  16. The picture makes crave lentil soup right now! It's not remotely cold here but I don't mind cranking the AC jsut to have an excuse to eat some. Oh wait, it'scoldat Pea's house! Then, that soup is mine,ahahahah!!!

  17. Now you've also got ME thinking "must make soup now" - preferably THIS soup!

  18. I made this tonight and it was delicious. Thanks Kalyn for coming up with this recipe.

  19. Kayln you are an inspiration to my cooking healthy AND delicious for my family. Many, many thanks.

  20. You're welcome; I'm glad you enjoyed it!

  21. I've made this soup about 4 times now and it's delicious and savoury every time. I freeze portions to bring for lunch. Thanks Kalyn.

  22. Amanda, so glad you're enjoying it!

  23. I've made this soup twice now and LOVE it. I tried it before adding fennel, by the way, and it does make a big difference. It's so delicious! What's more, my four year old AND one year old love it!

  24. Kendra, so glad you like it. I love ground fennel!

  25. So yummy, I also added a handful of baby kale in the last 7 minutes to add a few more vitamins :). Filling and perfect for a cold day.

  26. Great idea to add the kale. And I really want to take new photos for this soup!

  27. The pics look amazing as is!! Thanks for this one. I love using lentils, but it can be hard to find good recipes that don't involve curry flavors. DBF isn't the biggest curry fan, and I grow tired of it after awhile. We'll definitely be trying this one!

  28. Thanks CJ, I love, love, love this soup. I need to make it again soon.


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