It’ll Cure What Ails Ya Lentil, Sausage and Kale Soup

I am a firm believer in the power of food to heal. And when someone isn’t feeling well, the kitchen is the best pharmacy I know.

This soup is something I’ve been making for a few months for friends as well as myself whenever I need a little a little super food love in a pot.

The only medicine you'll ever need and tastes way better than penicillin.
The only medicine you’ll ever need and tastes way better than penicillin.

It’ll Cure What Ails Ya Lentil, Sausage and Kale Soup

I package dried brown lentils
1 bay leaf
3 carrots, peeled and sliced
2 celery stalks, chopped
1 med-large onion, chopped
1 lb. Italian sausage, sliced into 1 inch pieces

Olive oil

5 cups water
4 cups beef broth

2-3 cups kale leaves, trimmed and chopped

Parmesan cheese

1.) Put one large pot and one skillet on the stove. In the skillet, heat a couple of teaspoons of olive oil over medium-high heat and cook sausage, onion, celery, garlic and carrots until sausage is browned and vegetables are soft but not mushy, about 7-8 minutes.

2.) Meanwhile, in stock pot, heat another teaspoon of olive oil and gently toast the lentils with a bay leaf for a couple of minutes. Add the water and beef broth and bring to a boil.

3.) When cooked, add the sausage mixture with a slotted spoon to the soup. Bring to a boil, and then turn down to a simmer for 25-30 minutes.

4.) Take a taste. If it needs more liquid, add a cup more water and a bouillon cube. During the last 5 minutes of cooking, stir in the kale. Serve with a sprinkle of parmesan cheese.

5.) Cancel doctor’s appointment.

©2013 Tracey Henry