Recipe by kristi79
"Lentil soup flavored with sausage and herbs. A good hearty soup for a cold winter day."
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bulk pork sausage
2 (14.5 ounce) cans
1 (28 ounce) can
1 (16 ounce) package
dry lentils, rinsed
celery, finely chopped
chopped fresh parsley
salt to taste
1 1/2 cups
This soup has become a regular with my husband and myself. I always make enough for my single dad son and he loves it also.
The ingredients are way too much to fit in a crockpot. I used half the water and was right to top of crockpot. Cooked on high for about 5 hrs then tranferred to stock pot on top of stove to add cabbage and rest of watsr. Flavor a bit bland, needs something else. If I make it again, I'll do 1/2 the recipe and make some other changes.
After three hours in the Crockpot on HIGH, the lentils were still hard. Removed the soup to finish cooking on top of the stove. This recipe is way off! The lentils soaked up too much of the broth! Suggest using half (8 oz) of lentils and Italian sausage for more flavor.
You have to use a large slow cooker for this recipe, not a crockpot. You also have to cook it on high, not low. It's an ALL DAY cook (10 hours or more), not a 4 hour cook. Another suggestion would be to soak the lentils overnight to speed up the cooking process. I added a bay leaf and substituted the can of diced tomatoes for a can of mild Rotel tomatoes with green chilies to kick it up a notch. I also changed the meat to pickled pork (or you could use cubed ham or diced salt pork), which you can just put right into the slow cooker and skip the first step. I used all broth rather than water for added flavor and I happened to have that much broth on hand. I also put the cabbage into the slow cooker right from the beginning or you can omit it altogether. With my changes, I'd give it a 5, but as is, it's only a 3 at best. Sorry.
After 4.5 hours on low, the lentils were quite crunchy. I put enough for dinner in a large pot on the stove and boiled it for 30-40 minutes, while turning the crock pot to high. We had part of the stove top soup for dinner. It was edible but bland. That was when I realized I had forgotten to put all of the herbs, spices, salt, and pepper in it. I threw all leftovers back in the crock pot and let it continue to cook on high during the evening. I just tasted it and it is delicious. We have agreed to have it again for dinner tomorrow. The cooking time definitely needs to be adjusted, but the soup is hearty and tasty.
I followed this recipe exactly but substituted kielbasa for the sausage. I did simmer the lentils fro about 30 minutes in chicken broth before combining everything in the crock pot. It got rave reviews from everyone. I just had a bowl of leftover soup for lunch and it is even better the next day. Great recipe for a hearty soup!
My crockpot was definitely too small also! But what a delicious recipe. Since I always have homemade chicken or vegetable broth I used that instead of water. I never even got to the cabbage at the end, even great without it. And indeed I fed the two of us; took a big batch to son and daughter in law (with new baby); and several servings to elderly neighbor.
This was a great meal. I did incorporate many of the suggestions made by previous reviews, such as reducing the lentils by 1/2, omitting the water and use 2 32oz chicken broth, adding chill powder and balsamic vinegar. As well, I added the cabbage at the beginning and set the slow cooker on high for 7 hours. Everything was perfect and it had a really nice zip!
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Hearty Lentil and Sausage Soup
Serving Size: 1/10 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 10
Amount Per Serving
** Calories: 258
** Calories from Fat: 51
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