The Meal Planner

I made three different attempts one day to photograph this soup.  It was tough to make it look appetizing, but trust me when I say.... it's frickin' awesome.  Really and truly.  And it only takes a handful of ingredients to throw together.  I love how Italian sausage can flavor the entire soup without having to add any other spices.

Recipe from Dinner with Julie

Serves 4

2 mild or hot Italian sausages
2 cloves garlic, minced
Half a bunch of celery, diced (about 2 cups)
8 cups chicken stock
1/3 cup dried green lentils
1/3 cup pot or pearl barley
Pinch of red pepper flakes
Salt and pepper to taste

In a large soup pot, heat a drizzle of oil over medium-high heat. Squeeze the sausage out of its casings into the pot and cook, breaking up with a spoon, until no longer pink. Add the garlic and celery and cook for about 5 minutes. Add the stock, lentils, barley, and pinch of red pepper flakes.  Turn the heat down to low and simmer for about 45 minutes until the lentils and barley are tender. Season with salt and pepper and serve hot.

*Alternatively, if you are short on time, you can skip the pot barley and dried lentils and add a can of lentils.  It would only take about 10 minutes to simmer, meaning from start to finish it could be done in 15 minutes.

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My kids and I are fans of sausage and gobbled up this soup.   My husband wouldn't stop raving.  If I hadn't stopped us, we would have eaten the entire pot of soup in one night, but I needed one serving to photograph the next day in daylight.  We've NEVER eaten a big pot of soup in one go.  It's safe to say I will be making this soup often.  

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2 Responses
  1. Heather Says:

    I made curried lentils this week, and was going to post the recipe, but after seeing my pictures, I decided I best not post them :-) I cook so much with beans/legumes that pictures of those foods don't always look too appetizing! But, this, this looks good! And anything with sausage gets a thumbs up in my book!

  2. Heather - Thanks for the compliment on the soup! I totally agree with you about the sausage ;)