A rich, thick and delicious Lentil Soup that warms the body and soul, this is one of the great soups of the world. Fabulous flavor meets true comfort in a bowl. Serve with Italian bread.

Lentil Soup

Lentil Soup
Recipe type: Soups and Stews
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 10
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 pound Italian sausage
  • 1/2 pound beef stew meat
  • 1/4 Cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 onion; chopped
  • 2 carrots; chopped
  • 2 celery stalks; chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic; chopped
  • 1 pound lentils
  • 10 Cups water
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes (28 ounce)
  • salt, to taste
  • 1 pound cabbage
  • freshly-ground black pepper, to taste
  1. Heat oil in large, heavy soup pot over medium heat. Crumble sausages from casing into pot and break up with spoon. Chop stew meat as fine as possible by hand and add to soup pot.
  2. Cook, stirring occasionally, until meats are dark brown, about 15 minutes, but do not scorch. Add vinegar and stir. Vinegar will evaporate almost immediately. Using slotted spoon, transfer meat to strainer and shake to remove as much grease as possible. Discard all but 1 tablespoon grease in pot.
  3. While meat is draining, add onion, carrots and celery to pot and return to medium heat. Cook, stirring frequently, until vegetables have softened and become fragrant, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook 2 to 3 minutes more.
  4. Add lentils and stir to coat with flavorings. Add meat, water, bay leaf, tomatoes and 1 teaspoon salt and bring to simmer. Cook at simmer 45 minutes, until lentils have softened.
  5. Cut cabbage in quarters. Trim out core and shred cabbage coarsely. About 15 minutes before serving, add cabbage to pot and stir to mix well. Let cabbage melt into pot, then season to taste with a good grinding of black pepper and more salt and vinegar if necessary.
This recipe yields 8 to 10 servings.

Each of 10 servings: 299 calories; 318 mg sodium; 23 mg cholesterol; 9 grams fat; 36 grams carbohydrates; 21 grams protein; 3.41 grams fiber.

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