Francesca’s Lentil and Sausage Comfort Soup

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Francesca’s Lentil and Sausage Comfort Soup – My mom made the BEST lentil soup and it was perfect on a rainy or chilly day. This is pretty close to her secret, guarded recipe. It took a lot to get her to give up the info on her recipes, like her amazing meatballs HERE. (You won’t believe the ingredient that keeps her meatballs so moist. It’s so simple.) If you want the complete experience, end with some coffee and her biscottis. SO good.

INGREDIENTS

1 package lentils

2 TB olive oil

1 TB tomato paste

pinch of pink salt & white pepper

1 finely chopped shallot

1/2 tsp minced garlic

pinch thyme

pinch oregano

bay leaf

Sliced or diced fully cooked sausage – kielbasa, italian style brats etc

one potato medium dice

two carrots medium dice

grated pecorino romano

METHOD

Rinse lentils in colander, checking for pebbles

Heat pot to medium high

Add olive oil

Add tomato paste and let caramelize until deep red

Add shallot and garlic and saute for a minute

Add lentils and let them pick up the flavors for a minute or two

Add everything else except cheese.

Fill with water to just cover mixture, adding a little water as needed.

Simmer for about an hour until lentils are soft.

Serve with Pecorino Romano, finely grated in warm bowls with crusty bread, for dipping. I hope you enjoy Francesca’s Lentil and Sausage Comfort Soup.

About Elizabeth Dougherty

Elizabeth Dougherty has been cooking and writing about food intensively for more than ten years. She is the fourth generation of chefs and gourmet grocers in her family with her mother, Francesca Esposito and grandmother, Carmella being major influences in her early cooking years. As a teenager, her family sent her to Europe where she became focused on French and Italian cuisine. She survived a year and half of culinary tutelage under a maniacal Swiss-German chef and is a graduate of NYIT, Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality, Business and Labor Relations. Food Nation Radio has won two news awards for content. Broadcasting LIVE each week, nationwide, on FoodNationRadio.com and on stations around the country.

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