We are in the middle of a snow storm in Minnesota so I thought it would be great day to make soup. Since it is a blizzard out there and they have taken the plows off the road, I had to create a soup with what I had on hand. The final result was so tasty! I will make this again for sure. As with most recipes, use what you have on like, it doesn’t have to be exact.
Tuscan Lentil Soup
2 1/2 cups of steamed lentils (you can make your own or I used ready to eat Trader Joes Steamed lentils)
1 TBSP olive oil (I used a tuscan olive oil)
1/2 red pepper, chopped
1/2 to 1 onion, chopped
1/2 cup to 1 cup celery
1/2 cup to one cup carrots
6 cups chicken stock or broth
1 14.5 oz can of organic diced tomatoes
1/4 cup spaghetti sauce
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp garlic pepper ( I used Tastefully Simple)
red pepper flakes to taste (I used a few sprinkles)
2 garlic cloves chopped
2 gluten free chicken sausages cooked and chopped (leave out if you want it vegetarian)
fresh shaved parmesan to top
fresh basil or parsley to garnish
Saute the celery, red bell pepper, carrots, and onions until tender in olive oil.
Add the lentils, broth, chicken sausage, tomatoes, sauce, seasonings, and garlic cloves. Bring to a boil then turn down to simmer for 30 minutes. I think the longer soup sits, the better it tastes. Top with parmesan and fresh basil or parsley and serve.
I was so so excited to find this great time saver at Trader Joes. Steamed Lentils that are ready to eat. They are in the produce section at the store and contain just lentils and seasonings. So easy and a great source of Fiber, protein, and iron.