Ham Sausage & Lentil Soup

READY IN: 2hrs 1min
KateL
Recipe by Ocean~Ivy

This is a very nice, cozy soup. It takes a bit of time and effort, but it is worth it 8)

Top Review by KateL

Good hearty winter soup. Next time I must use a food processor to accomplish the fine chopping! The recipe's times account only for the 2 hours of simmering, nothing else. If you're going to eat sausage and ham, this recipe also gives you a LOT of fiber. The spinach is a garnish; I didn't find that its flavor "completed" the soup. Made for Zaar Chef Alphabet Soup tag game.

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Heat oil in 6-8 quart saucepan over medium heat. Add sausage and cook until almost all fat is rendered.
  2. Transfer sausage to platter and drain off all but 2 tablespoons grease from saucepan.
  3. Add ham, onion, green pepper and carrot. Cover and cook 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Stir in the garlic, bay leaf, thyme and cumin.
  5. Cover and cook 5 minutes.
  6. While that's cooking, thinly slice sausage; add to pan with chicken stock, tomatoes and lentils.
  7. Reduce heat to low. Cover partially and simmer gently until lentils begin dissolve, about 2 hours.
  8. (Can be prepared up to 3 days in advance and refrigerated, or frozen for several months.).
  9. Discard any fat from the surface, taste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper.
  10. Simmer just until warmed through, then add spinach.
  11. Serve while warm.

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