Monday, September 19, 2011

A Perfect Day for Hearty Lentil Soup

I can really feel Fall in the air!  It was a chilly 41 degrees when I took Becca to the bus this morning.  I do enjoy the Fall, the leaves are changing, and falling, not to mention all the leaves in the pool, we have to close the pool soon!  I love decorating the house with my Fall things, going apple and pumpkin picking with my family, it's a tradition we do every year, and I look forward to it!  The cooler temps, makes everything so warm and cozy, and nothing like a big bowl of soup to comfort my tummy!
Have you ever tried Lentil Soup?  It may sound not very appetizing, but really is one of the most delicious soups, especially on a day like today. My mom made the best Lentil Soup when I was growing up, it was delicious.  I usually start the soup in the morning, so it can simmer on the stove just about all day.  I have even made it in the crock pot on days when I'm not home, so easy!  The dried lentils are easy, you don't have to soak them overnight, like most dried beans, just rinse them and they are good to go.  I use kielbasi in my lentil soup, makes it nice and hearty, and my hubby is happy, cause it's not dinner if there's no meat! Serve over brown rice, it's a hearty and delicious meal, and don't forget the homemade bread.....homemade bread, look for that recipe soon.  Enjoy!

Lentil Soup 1 bag green lentils
1 large onion diced
2 starks celery diced
1 large carrot diced
1 whole (Hillshire Farm) link of kielbasi cut in small pieces
garlic minced - about 1 clove
salt and pepper to taste (we like it very well seasoned)
1 bay leaf
3 tsp. beef bouillon
1/2 small can tomato paste
About 5 cups of water

Rinse the lentils you don't have to soak them overnight. In a large pot saute the onions, celery, onions and garlic until soft, add salt and pepper. Add the kielbasi and then the lentils. Saute for about 3 more minutes. Add the water, beef bouillon, bay leaf, and tomato paste. Stir and cook over low heat for about 5 hours or so...or after sauteing the veggies add everything to a crock pot and cook on high for 5 hours or so.. Serve over cooked brown or white rice - Enjoy!

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