Prep 10 mins
Cook 1 hr 10 mins
From www.TopSecretRecipes.com I think you will find this very like the soup served at Carrabba's Restaurant. It is exceptional, indeed.
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 cup onion, chopped
- 3⁄4 cup carrot, grated
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 lb Italian sausage, spicy hot and in bulk
- 7 cups water
- 5 cups chicken broth
- 1 lb lentils, rinsed and picked over
- 1 tomatoes, diced
- 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon fresh basil, minced
- 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, minced
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons salt
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1⁄2 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1⁄2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1⁄2 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes
- Heat olive oil in large soup pot. Add onion, carrot, garlic, and sausage to the pot, Saute for 8 minutes, stirring often. Break up the sausage into small bits as it cooks.
- Add the remaining ingredients to the pot, bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer 1 hour.
Extremely salty (1700+ mg of sodium!) and somewhat oily, even though I left out the added salt and used 1 tablespoon olive oil. Next time I'll brown and drain the sausage first, use less ham and chicken broth, and add more water.
This soup really beats Carrabbas! I put in everything except the zucchini and celery (forgot those at the store!) While the soup simmered it thickened a bit, so I added a little water. It came out fantastic!! I wouldn't change a thing - it was delicious!
We make this soup all the time! I bring it to pot lucks some times and have gotten the reputation of being "Making Really Good Soups". I don't put as much red pepper and I've never done it with ham. It still turns out good!