23 July, 2010

Lentil Sausage Soup

One of my professors made this for a class dinner once. Its a delicious soup and very flexible - add what you will and make it your own!

1 Italian sausage, hot or sweet
(or use mince/hamburger) meat
1 onion, chopped
1 crushed garlic clove
1 celery stalk, chopped
1 carrot chopped
1/2 cup lentils
19-oz can tomatoes, including juice
4 cups chicken broth (or bouillon)
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 cup rice

Remove casing from sausage.  Break sausage into several pieces.  Cover and microwave on high for 2 minutes.  Drain off any liquid and fat.  Break into small pieces.  Stir in other ingredients, except rice.  Cover and microwave on high until soup boils, about 20 minutes.  Stir in rice.  Than microwave on medium until lentils are tender, about 40 minutes.  Stir in green onions, if desired.  Add salt if needed. (makes 6 cups)

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