So my wonderful little girl and I were going through a pile of old magazines I have been trying to “find time to get to” so I could grab any recipes I wanted from them. Well I MADE time, and we had a wonderful afternoon of going through them all. Yep, there were that many! We have found some great ones that I can’t wait to try. One of the first ones that I chose was a lentil soup because I LOVE lentils! I seriously love lentils. I also chose it because the ingredients were simple and could be cooked in the crock pot. Yay for not steaming up the house AND for having delicious smells wafting through my house all day long! It is a very easy recipe that my husband and I have fallen in love with.
We had this soup with GF biscuits that I made. I decided to take on making biscuits, which has NEVER been a strong point of mine… even when using regular flour. So I was VERY proud of how they turned out, it being my first time and my own recipe and all 😀 I will be posting the recipe for those tomorrow. The kids LOVED them and keep asking me to make more!
This delightful recipe we pulled from the Family Circle November 2010 issue.
Sausage & Lentil Soup – I doubled this recipe and it fit PERFECTLY in my oval 5.5 qt. crock pot.
2 medium-size carrots, cut into 1/4″ pieces
1 large onion, chopped
1 celery stalk, cut into 1/4″ pieces
2 garlic cloves, minced
7 oz. turkey kielbasa(half of a 14oz link), cut into 1/2″ pieces
1 1/4 c. lentils, rinsed and picked over
2 c. low-sodium beef broth
2 1/2 c. water
3 c. loosely packed baby spinach
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1) Combine carrots, onion, celery, garlic, kielbasa and lentils in slow cooker bowl. Pour in the beef broth and water.
2) Cover and cook on HIGH for 2 hours or LOW for 4 hours. Stir in baby spinach, salt and pepper before serving.
The turkey kielbasa is totally going to make the flavor of this, so use one you like. I used one I had never tried before and while the flavor was good, it could have been better with a better sausage. Hillshire Farms Turkey Kielbasa has been verified as GF by the company and THAT is the one I will be trying next time!
For the beef broth I found a wonderful gluten free broth to try! Pacific Natural Foods Beef Broth. It wasn’t low sodium, but it didn’t matter. The sodium was perfect, not to salty at all!
I also used regular spinach that I had picked up on sale, instead of baby spinach. It was still delicious!
Vegetarian Option: Though this would NOT be gluten free, you could easily substitute the turkey kielbasa with Tofurky kielbasa, Yves Brats, or any other vegetarian hot dog/sausage you would like to try. You could also easily use mushroom broth, vegetable broth or chicken style seasoning(man I miss the stuff my aunty sells in her Health food store!) to make a broth of your own.
Additions: When the soup was about 1/2 hour away from being done I put some quinoa on to cook, then right after mixing in the spinach I added 1 1/2 cups of cooked quinoa to the soup. It was sooo good!
My husband also tried putting some soup over jasmine rice we had leftover the next day for lunch. It was sooo good! So you could easily try that as an addition!
Be sure to try it with the yummy GF Biscuits that I made to go with this!