Friday, May 22, 2015

Italian Style Lentil & Sausage Soup

We already had a few really hot and summer promising days this month. So when I went food shopping all I could think about was summer time and barbecue. I bought some really yummy Bratwurst. But as it is May it is not so uncommon to have also cold and rainy weather the next day and this was exactly what happened this time. So of course nobody felt like a barbecue. All we wanted was a soul heating meal inside our snuggly home. So I came up with this recipe, using the ingredients that were supposed to be barbecued.

You will need:

3 sausages
1 onion

1 zucchini
3 mushrooms
4 tomatoes
(all diced)

1-2 cloves garlic

1cup (yellow) lentils
2 cups vegetable stock

optional pepper / salt
olive oil

Heat up olive oil in a large pot and gently start to roast chopped onion and sausages cut into small pieces. Cut vegetables.
When gently roasted add vegetables and stir often enough to avoid burning. Chop herbs and garlic and add to pot.
Let it simmer for 3 minutes before you add lentils and vegetable stock. Close pot and let it cook at least until lentils are done. (Check every now and then if there is still enough liquid to cover the lentils, if not add a little water.) If you are in a hurry you can serve it now, but if you have the time let it cook a little longer so that the taste will really develop and texture will get very smooth.
If you like you can add salt and pepper to it but I recommend not to or at least to be very careful with it as the sausages often are salty enough to spice up the entire dish.

Serve hot, enjoy and please let me know how you liked it. :)

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