Hearty Sweet Sausage, Lentils & Kale Soup

Photographer Greg DuPree, Food Styling Chelsea Zimmerman, Prop Styling Claire Spollen

Real Simple Magazine

They had me at lentils!!! This recipe I found in Real Simple Magazine caught my eye because I love lentils. I thought I’d give it a shot, and it turned out great. This is a soup that is a meal. It’s extremely hearty, perfect for these bone chilling days, and does not require a great deal of time to prepare.  Ingredients are simple and delicious.  Leftover and reheated was just as good!
1 pound of sweet italian sausage (casings removed)
1 cup chopped onion
2 garlic cloves, chopped
4 cups chicken stock
2 cups dried red lentils, rinsed
1 28 ounce can of whole peeled tomatoes, drained
  (I broke down the whole tomatoes and used the juice too)
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
5 cups loosely packed baby kale leaves
baguette for serving (optional, of course!)

Cook the sausage in a dutch oven over medium high heat, stirring often, until the meat crumbles and begins to brown, about 4-5 minutes.  Add the onion and garlic and cook until the onion softens and the sausage is browned all over, about 4 more minutes.

Add the stock, stirring and scraping to loosen any browned bits from the bottom of the dutch oven.  Add the lentils, tomatoes, salt, and pepper, and bring to a boil.  Reduce the heat to medium low and simmer until the lentils have softened, 20-25 minutes.

Stir in the kale and cook, stirring constantly, until softened, about 1 minute.  Serve with baguette.


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Author: Heather Zachariah

Former Art Director for Home Magazine, Heather Leahy Zachariah, left her career in publishing after baby number number one. She now works from home as a freelance graphic designer and a chauffeur to her 3 busy kids. "Working on TipsFromTown has been a wonderful outlet for me. It renewed my love of publishing where I can design colorful, enticing pages online and allows me to share the things I love about being a mom." Heather grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio, a place that still is near and dear to her. " After living in Brooklyn for 18 years and studying Graphic Design at Pratt Institute, she now lives in the Jersey burbs. "I love living so close to NYC, but in my heart, I'm an Ohio girl."

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