Sausage Lentil Kale Soup

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!

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