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    Thursday, May 28, 2009

    As the weather is getting colder our thoughts turn to soup.
    For staff lunch I found this wonderful spicy soup.
    Nice sausage and the superb Puy Lentils...what a combination.
    Once again courtesy of Ina Garten.

    400 gms French green lentils (recommended: du Puy)
    1/4 cup olive oil, plus extra for serving
    4 cups diced yellow onions (3 large)
    4 cups chopped leeks, white and light green parts only (2 leeks)
    1 tablespoon minced garlic (2 large cloves)
    1 tablespoon kosher salt
    1 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
    1 tablespoon minced fresh thyme leaves
    1 teaspoon ground cumin
    3 cups medium diced celery (8 stalks)
    3 cups medium diced carrots (4 to 6 carrots)
    3 quarts Homemade Chicken Stock, or canned broth
    1/4 cup tomato paste
    400 gms kielbasa polish sausage cut in 1/2 lengthwise and sliced 1/3-inch thick
    2 tablespoons dry red wine or red wine vinegar
    Freshly grated Parmesan, for serving

    In a large bowl, cover the lentils with boiling water and allow to sit for 15 minutes. Drain.

    In a large stockpot over medium heat, heat the olive oil
    Saute the onions, leeks, garlic, salt, pepper, thyme, and cumin for 20 minutes,
    or until the vegetables are translucent and tender.
    Add the celery and carrots and saute for another 10 minutes.
    Add the chicken stock, tomato paste, and drained lentils,
    Cover, and bring to a boil.
    Reduce the heat and simmer uncovered for 1 hour,
    or until the lentils are cooked through and tender.
    Check the seasonings.
    Add the kielbasa and red wine and simmer until the kielbasa is hot.
    Serve drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with grated Parmesan.

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