Prep 30 mins
Cook 1 hr 15 mins
From Giuseppe's Italian Cafe, Williamsburg, VA.
- 4 1⁄2 cups chicken stock or 4 1⁄2 cups canned chicken broth
- 4 1⁄2 cups beef stock or 4 1⁄2 cups canned beef broth
- 1 1⁄2 cups dried lentils
- 2 teaspoons fennel seeds
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1⁄3 cup chopped celery
- 1⁄3 cup chopped carrot
- 1⁄3 cup chopped onion
- 1⁄2 lb andouille sausage, casing removed,halved lengthwise,cut into 1/2 inch pieces
- 2 teaspoons dried thyme
- 1 teaspoon creole seasoning
- salt and pepper
- Combine both stocks and lentils in a large pot.
- Over high heat, bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
- In a skillet, over medium heat, add fennel seeds; saute until light golden brown, about 2 minutes.
- Remove seeds from skillet.
- Heat oil in same skillet over medium heat.
- Add celery, carrot, and onion; saute until onion is translucent and celery and carrot are tender, about 5-10 minutes.
- Add toasted fennel seeds, sauteen vegetables, sausage, thyme and Creole seasoning to soup.
- Cover and simmer until lentils are very tender, stirring occasionally, about 45 minutes.
- Season soup to taste with salt and pepper.
This was delicious!! I think it was the best lentil soup I have ever eaten. I used a package of Buffalo Guys Andouille Sausage and it is skinless, so it was just a matter of cutting them into chunks. I buy it at our local health food store, but I think it can also be purchased in larger grocery markets and on-line. Di, thanks for the fantastic recipe! I will be making it again!
We loved this soup. I am always looking for different ways to prepare lentils because they are a favorite of mine. I hit the jackpot with this recipe. The andouille is spicy and it goes well with the lentils and other vegetables. The toasted fennel seeds also add a distinct and delicious flavor. A 5-star winner.
Fantastic!! Everyone enjoyed this soup. The only addition I made was to add a little lemon juice. I used fat-free broths, and a little less thyme. The Andouille sausage I bought was a bit challenging to remove the casings from---good thing it was going to be chopped anyway---lol. This is the best lentil soup recipe I've ever tried, and it is the one I'll use from now on!