We recently had a couple of rainy, wet and grumpy kind of days in Calgary which is a good reason to have soup. More specifically Lentil & Sausage Soup. We don’t get these days very often in the Spring (seems more wind and hail the past couple of years) but when we do I’m mentally taken back to my Vancouver days where rainy, wet and grumpy days are the norm. When I lived in Vancouver I learned to live with the rain and secretly enjoy those days once in awhile. In fact Blue Rodeo’s “After The Rain’ was on my favourites play list for many years. Back in those Vancouver days.
With the cooler, damp weather comes the desire for warm comforting foods. Like soup. The typical rummaging through the refrigerator begins the search for soup ingredients. I knew I wanted either lentils or barley in the soup. So I found some green lentils and cooked the lentils in advance. I found some smoked sausage dying a slow death, so it to was in. And I always seem to have your basic vegetables on hand. I went on to pull out some cabbage for good measure. My soup was about to become a reality. My mom used to make a cabbage soup, the variations are endless.
Soup du Jour is this tasty Lentil & Sausage Soup with Cabbage. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.
- 1/2 cup green lentils cooked
- 1/2 cup ham or kielbasa smoked sausage diced
- 1/2 onion diced
- 1/2 cup celery chopped
- 1/2 cup carrots chopped
- 1 cup green cabbage chopped
- salt & pepper
- 1/2 tsp oregano
- 6 cups chicken broth
- 1/4 tsp fennel seed
- 1 tbsp lemon
- olive oil
- In a large pot over medium high heat add about 1 tbsp of oil. Drop in your onions, carrots and celery. Turn heat down and cook for 5-10 minutes or until vegetables start to soften slightly.
- Add in oregano, fennel seed, sausage, and a pinch of salt & pepper. Stir and let cook another 5 minutes.
- Pour in stock, and cabbage bringing soup to a low boil. Drop down to a simmer and add your lentils.
- Simmer for another 15-20 minutes. Squeeze some fresh lemon on top before serving.