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 guests of honor- Mariel, Laura, Rachel, Lorielle, and Melissa- shared in my dinner creation- Sausage Lentil Soup.
It was the perfect balance between hearty and light. The sausage added a nice flavor, too.
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.
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!