Monday, January 08, 2007

Lentil Soup

Lentils are a great source of protein, complex carbohydrates, calcium, and fiber. They are low in fat and are delicious. I have had this lentil soup recipe for many years. It is wonderful, nutritious comfort food. Give it a good 2 hours for the lentils to completely cook. I used low fat sausage this time and it tasted great.

Lentil Soup

1 -1 lb. pkg smoked sausage, sliced and quartered
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
3/4 cup sliced carrots
6 cups water
12 ounces dried lentils
1 chicken bouillon cube
1 tbsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp dried tyme
3 bay leaves
1 can tomatoes

Saute sausage in frying pan with onion and garlic until browned. Drain on paper towels. Combine with remaining ingredients in a large soup pot. Heat to boiling; reduce heat and simmer until lentils are done, about 2 hours. Yield: 8 servings

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