It was another cool day in Kentucky – a soft, quiet rain fell for most of the day. Perfect weather for a hot bowl of soup! Lentils were my choice of venue – along with smoked sausage and carrots – seasoned with red onions, green pepper and garlic. Who wouldn’t like such a combination? Ritchey was late getting home and the first words out of his mouth were, “Something smells good!” He had two bowls of hearty goodness! They do say the way to a man’s heart . . .
- 1 pound smoked sausage, sliced
- 1 large red onion, chopped
- 6 ounces carrots, sliced
- 1 small green pepper, chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, chopped
- 3 – 14 ounce cans chicken broth
- 3 cups lentils – I used red and French
- black pepper
- red pepper flakes
In a large pan over medium high heat cook the smoked sausage until browned, stirring occasionally. Add the onion and cook for an additional five minutes. Add the carrots, green pepper and garlic and cook for another five minutes.
Add chicken broth and lentils, stir well to incorporate. Bring to a boil, then lower heat to medium low. Add black pepper, about a handful of red pepper flakes – or more! – and a good sprinkle of thyme. Cover and let cook for about thirty minutes. Taste test for seasonings and if soup is thick and lentils are done. Enjoy!