Jamie says: There’s something about girls’ night, and there’s something about soup. They feed the soul. Put the two together and you are practically guaranteed to have a good time. At least we did.
But before dinner time, I took my (now) weekly stroll through the farmers’ market to get some awesome produce. The flat leaf kale went into the girls’ night soup…
My weekly purchases from the farmers’ market. The flat leaf kale (right) went into this soup.
My guests of honor- Mariel, Laura, Rachel, Lorielle, and Melissa- shared in my dinner creation- Sausage Lentil Soup.
Sausage Lentil Soup
It was the perfect balance between hearty and light. The sausage added a nice flavor, too.
Check it out!
Soup was a great dinner option because it was quick to prepare and I was able to leave it cooking while I went to a pilates class. A big pot of soup is great when the exact number of guests is not known because it can also feed a lot of people.
Soup is perfect for a girls’ night dinner
Sausage Lentil Soup
- 1 lb bag lentils
- 32 oz organic 100% natural vegetable broth (Swanson)
- 1 head flat leaf kale
- 1 lb baby carrots
- 4 stalks celery with leaves
- 4 cloves garlic
- 15 oz can tomato sauce (Contadina)
- 1 tsp rosemary
- 1 tsp oregano
- 1 tsp thyme
- 1 tsp parsley
- 1 tsp basil
- 1.5 lbs mild Italian sausage
- Set slow-cooker (Crock Pot) on high heat. Add lentils and broth.
- Wash kale. Cut leaves off kale. Cut leaves into large pieces. Cut baby carrots in half. Chop celery including leaves. Chop garlic. Add kale, carrots, celery, and garlic to slow-cooker, along with tomato sauce and herbs- rosemary, oregano, thyme, parsley, and basil. Stir. Place lid on top and cook for 2 hours and 15 minutes or until carrots are soft.
- Remove sausage from casing. Place in a large saute’ pan on medium heat. Cook for about 8 minutes or until cooked throughout, stirring frequently.
- To serve, top soup with ground sausage. Enjoy!
Serving suggestion: Serve with a loaf of bread and Smart Balance spread.
- Nutrition note: Lentils are an excellent source of fiber and folate and a good source of iron and potassium. Just 1/2 cup of lentils meets 32% of your fiber needs, 45% of your folate needs, 18% of your iron needs, and 10% of your potassium needs, according to Fruits & Veggies More Matters. Go lentils!