i hope that everyone had a great Christmas! we had a full and wonderful holiday - and have already taken down our decorations! when you live in an efficiency, the pull of having a few square feet of floor space back can outweigh nostalgia. ;-)
and now for a soup! this was my "first" soup to make as an adult. a friend of mine gave me a copy of the better homes and gardens cookbook for Christmas one year, and it has since become my favorite cookbook. the recipe below, primarily based off of one from that cookbook, is especially beloved by me because it nursed me through mono - it did! i swapped in spinach and turkey sausage, and it was the only thing i ate for two and a half weeks. love it!!
note 1: the picture below shows carrots and celery as the veggies includes; however, i also LOVE this soup with spinach. frozen works just fine! also, like a lot of soups, it's very forgiving - i often add 50%-100% more vegetables than the recipe calls for, simply because i have them on hand and want to use them up. go crazy!! ;-)
note 2: mike always wants beef sausage, so i usually use that - however, i found that turkey sausage works extremely well with this soup. sometimes i use half beef, half turkey, and when i want to go healthy (like when i had mono!), i use turkey. it feels so gentle to digest.
note 3: cayenne pepper - what a wonderful spice! add a wee bit, and suddenly you have an interesting soup no matter what else you add! ;-) i often add more than the 1/2 teaspoon listed below; if you choose to add more, go slow! i've learned that it is easy to go too spicy by adding one 1/4 teaspoon too many.
sausage lentil soup
1 1/2 cups brown lentils, rinsed
1 cup chopped carrots
1 cup chopped celery
1 cup chopped onion
2 T minced garlic
1 pound of sausage
1/2 t cayenne pepper
2 t salt
1. saute garlic and onion in large pot, until the onions are clear.
2. add chicken stock and vegetables to the pot; bring to a simmer. cook 10-15 minutes, until vegetables are tender.
3. add sausage, lentils, cayenne pepper, and salt; heat through.
this recipe freezes and microwaves very well. as a tip re: freezing, if you wait more than 2 days to freeze after making, i found that the taste isn't quite as good.
typing this out makes me want to make a batch tonight - enjoy!!