Absolutely a fantastic soup! Made it twice before and just getting around to reviewing it since it was dinner tonight. Like many reviewers, I too, used smoked turkey kielbasa (quartered) to save on a few calories. I needed to use up several ingredients in my fridge (organic spinach & carrot shreds, veggie broth and tomato paste), so this recipe allowed me a fridge clean-out tonight! I only had a 14.5oz can petite diced tomatoes, so I used that, along with the juice and a few heaping tablespoons of tomato paste to compensate for the lack of tomatoes. Omitted oregano (not a fan) and doubled up on basil. For the liquid, I used a combo of veggie broth and water (to which I added chicken base to taste). This soup makes a TON, so be prepared for leftovers (bonus!) and the aroma of this simmering soup is intoxicating (and I don't mean that literally, since I added in a couple glugs of a nice Pinot Noir I happened to be enjoying while making this soup). I was baffled, however, by the suggested cooking time. My HUGE pot was done in 40 minutes, lentils perfect. Served with garlic bread, this soup has consistently been a favorite in the fall/winter dinner rotation.
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Absolutely a fantastic soup! Made it twice before and just getting around to reviewing it...