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Lentil Soup with Spicy Chicken Sausage

Yesterday was one of those lazy Sunday’s where it took effort to do anything, much less to actually leave the house. I almost sent the hubby to the store to grab some items for dinner when suddenly I had the infrequent urge to use items I already had. Hmmm, there’s an idea I should embrace more often. (I may or may not have a little addiction to grocery stores) Looking around my pantry and fridge, I managed to find enough ingredients to brainstorm a soup from scratch. It was so easy and delicious that I’m going to challenge myself to be more creative on a whim in the kitchen…even if I’m feeling lazy. I made this soup and had leftovers for lunch the next day. You won’t be disappointed. It’s got beans, lentils, veggies and sausage and will keep your belly warm and full. Not that my belly needs any warming up…it’s still in the low 90’s in Phoenix. In. October!!

 Lentil Sausage Soup

Lentil Soup with Spicy Chicken Sausage
 
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Bean and Lentil Soup with Spicy Chicken Sausage
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • EVOO - 2 TBSP
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 3 cloves of garlic minced
  • 32 oz. carton of chicken broth (low sodium preferably)
  • 1 - 15 oz. can of garbanzo beans rinsed
  • 1 - 15 oz. can of diced tomatoes with their juice
  • 2 large handfuls of kale torn into small pieces
  • 1 cup of french lentils rinsed
  • 3 spicy chicken sausages out of their casings
  • Red pepper flakes, S/P, garlic salt, onion powder, dried basil and dried parsley
Instructions
  1. In a large pot on medium heat, add the EVOO. Once the oil is hot, add the diced onions and cook for about 5 minutes until translucent.
  2. Add the garlic and let it cook for about a minute until it smells fragrant.
  3. Add the chicken sausages after you have cut them out of their casings. Break up the sausage with a wooden spoon and stir. Cook for appx 10 mins until chicken is cooked through.
  4. Turn the heat to low-medium and add the chicken broth, lentils and diced tomatoes. Simmer for 20 minutes with the lid on until the lentils are cooked. Stir occasionally.
  5. Turn the heat to low. Add the beans and kale. Stir until kale starts to look wilted.
  6. Add spices to taste. Let simmer another 5 mins before serving.
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