Maybe not quite…but almost. Clearly I should have used my big 8 qt. stockpot, but I just love my dutch oven so much I didn’t even think twice about how enough soup for an army would fit into it.
Talk about a soup that eats like a meal! Despite that this soup’s only accompaniment was some garlic and herb bread, my husband could barely finish half his (admittedly large) bowl because he got stuffed to the gills.
I was originally going to make Ina’s lentil sausage soup, but I didn’t have a few things (leeks, green lentils) and had some other things (regular brown lentils, a potato). I saw a lentil soup with sausage and potato recipe in my Joy of Cooking book, so the recipe below is essentially a mixture of those two recipes.
I ended up freezing about a quart of this soup and hopefully we can manage to make it through the rest this week for lunch, etc.
Lentil Sausage Soup
Serves: an army :)
3 Tbsp. olive oil
3 medium yellow onions, diced
1 tsp. ground cumin
2 tsp. kosher salt
ground pepper to taste
2 thyme sprigs
4 carrots, peeled and sliced
4 stalks celery, sliced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup tomato paste
12 cups chicken broth
1 lb. lentils, rinsed and picked over
2 small or medium russet potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 lb. kielbasa or other smoked sausage, sliced in half-rounds
2 Tbsp. red wine
Grated grana padano/parmesan for serving
In a large stockpot or dutch oven, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onions, cumin, salt, pepper and thyme and cook until the onions are translucent, about 10-15 minutes.
Add the carrots, celery and garlic and saute for about 8 more minutes. Stir around the tomato paste to cook it off for a couple minutes.
Pour in the chicken broth and the lentils. Cover the pot and bring the soup to a boil. Remove the lid and simmer for about 25-30 minutes, until the lentils are just tender.
Add the cubed potato and simmer for 5 minutes before adding the sausage and red wine. Simmer an additional 5 minutes or so until potatoes are cooked and sausage is heated through. Pluck out the woody thyme sprigs.
Ladle into bowls and top with grana padano or parmesan cheese.