Food soundtrack: If I ever feel better by Phoenix
I have a sick spouse at the moment, and there is nothing like a real good bowl of soup with a big thick load of buttered bread to nurse that cold.
I wanted to make a soup of everything that reminds me of a good comfort soup and that includes some lentils, potatoes, vegetables and meat. This soup is great as leftover food and also OK to freeze. As for the meat you can use any kind of sausage, chicken, meat or smoked ham, anything goes.
- 1 cup dried lentils
- 2 large potatoes, diced
- 1 large carrot or 2 small ones, diced
- 1 leek, diced
- 1/2 onion, diced
- 1 stem of celery, diced
- 3 smoked sausages, diced
- 1 cup chicken stock
- water (I fill up to about half of the casserole)
- 5 pepper corns
- salt, pepper, cayenne pepper to taste
1. Brown the sausage in your casserole, then set the meat aside, leave the juices as this adds to the stock.
2. Saute the onion and half of the carrot/leek/celery mix.
3. Deglaze the pan by pouring in some hot water and make sure you scrape the bottom and the sides.
4. Add the chicken stock and water bring to a boil. Add the lentils, followed by the vegetables and potatoes. Let it simmer for a minute or two before adding the sausage/meat.
5. Add peppercorn, about 1/2 tsp cayenne and salt. Put a lid on, turn the heat down and let it simmer for 45-60 minutes or until all the veggies are tender. Soups like these can simmer for hours in my eyes
Enjoy a good serving with a thick load of buttered bread ready to dip in.
Just because I’m such a fan of cream I add a dash of cream in mine, but this is really not necessary.