Comfort food at its best. You can make this dish vegetarian by eliminating the sausage and using vegetable stock. This is a very versatile soup recipe; it can be reduced to half or doubled.
Prep time: 30 minutes
Cooking Time: 1-2 hours
4 tablespoon olive oil
1 large chopped white onion
2 large sliced carrots
2 large sliced celery
4 peeled and chopped garlic
10-12 cups of vegetable or chicken stock
1 bag of rinsed petite lentils
2 (15 oz) cans of fire-roasted tomatoes
2 bay leaves
¼ teaspoon of thyme leaves
¼ teaspoon of ground pepper
1 teaspoon of salt (or to taste)
1/2 pound of diced Chorizo sausage (optional)
8-12 oz of baby kale or spinach
In a large stock pot, heat oil until hot. Add garlic and sauté until brown. Add onion, carrots and celery and sauté for 6-7 minutes until vegetables are wilted and translucent.
Add the stock and the remaining ingredients except for the greens and salt. Stir. Bring heat to medium high. Skim off any form that comes to the top. Turn heat down to low and simmer with the lid partially covered. Simmer for about an hour, stir occasionally. Depending on how old the lentils are, cooking time can be anywhere from one to two hours. If the soup gets too thick, you may add more stock. Once the lentils are tender, add the greens and salt. Stir.
Serve with bread and a salad. The soup tastes better the next day.
About the recipe creator: Helen Chin Lui is a Certified Reflexologist, Certified Energy Medicine and Reiki Practitioner. She is the owner of the Healing Place in Medfield, MA. She specializes in helping adults and children to find long-lasting relief from chronic pain, digestive issues and heal hormonal imbalances naturally. If Helen isn’t helping clients, she is cooking for her family.
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