I am constantly amazed at how animated and talkative people get when you mention food. The mere aroma of certain foods can evoke memories that transport us back to a special place and time. Food can bridge the gap between all ages, races and ethnicities.
Let's face it, the only thing that should ever come between people is a table and some serving bowls.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

The Seven Wonders of Soup

There is an old Italian saying that states; La Zuppa fa sette cose which in English translates to Soup does seven things". It is said to; quench your thirst, satisfy your hunger, fill your stomach, aid in your digestion, make your teeth sparkle, color your cheeks, and help you sleep. I cannot honestly say that soup has managed to do all those things for me but I can say, that soup truly is one of the most comforting and without a doubt most satisfying foods that I have always taken great pleasure in eating.

Italian Sausage and Lentil Soup

2-3 lg. cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/2 c. or less olive oil
2 c. or less diced Italian sausage (sweet or hot, or mixed), sautéed & fat removed
1 med. onion, chopped
1 carrot, diced
3 c. chicken stock
3 c. water
2 c. lentils (dry), picked over & rinsed to remove any stones (almost 1 lb.)
Salt and pepper to taste

In large, heavy saucepan, sauté the garlic in the oil, over medium heat, for few minutes, careful not to let it brown. Add sausages, stock and water, onions and lentils. Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce heat, cover the pan and simmer the soup for 1-1 1/2 hours, or until lentils are tender. Season with salt and pepper.


~~louise~~ said...

Wow! Julie. It never dawned on me that there was actually a recipe for Sausage and Lentil soup. It sure did manage to get us through many economic, yet comforting dinners when I was a kid. Thanks for the memories...

Julie said...

You are welcome, Louise.

Food Junkie said...

Hi Julie. I found your blog from the link over at Chef John's Foodwishes. I found a real recipe winner first try, I love soups. What kind of lentils are used in the sausage and lentil soup. Based on the cooking time and the fact the lentils retained their shape I am thinking brown lentils?


Julie said...

Hi Kim, you can use either the brown or the green lentils they both work equally well.

BumbleVee said...

I love homemade soup...and we have a great sausage place here...Spolombo's.... they make lovely spicy sausges.... I love using them in soups... I'm definitely trying this one. thanks...

Julie said...

Enjoy, BumbleVee