Thursday, November 13, 2008

Smoked Sausage & Lentil Soup

1 pound Smoked Sausage
1 small onion, chopped
1 clove Garlic, minced
1 pound of dried Lentils
1 14 1/2 ounce can diced tomatoes
2 Tablespoons Red Wine Vinegar
1/3 cup chopped celery 1/3 cup chopped carrot
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
3 cups water

Rinse lentils, place in 4 quart saucepan with 1 quart of water and simmer for 30- 40 minutes or until tender. Drain. Slice smoked sausage in 1/4 inch slices and cut each slice in half. In a Dutch oven, saute sausage over medium heat for 5 minutes. Reduce heat to medium low, add onions, celery and carrots and saute another 5 minutes. Add lentils,tomatoes, vinegar, 3 cups water, salt and pepper. Simmer one hour, or until vegetables are tender. Test for seasoning. Serve with Parmesan cheese and crusty French bread

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