Smoky Lentil Florentine Soup

by jerseygirl on November 18, 2010 · 12 comments

Once the weather gets colder, I get on a soup kick. Yes, it is that time of year! I could eat a hearty soup every night for dinner. It is a nice meal that can be made in advance and kept on the stove so that everyone gets a hot meal depending on their activity schedule. I love adding turkey kielbasi to this soup as it adds a nice smoky flavor. You can add any type of smoked sausage but I like turkey sausage so it keeps the calories down and makes it healthier. Yellow lentils are much prettier than the darker ones in this recipe. A bowl of this soup might be even better reheated for lunch the next day.

Smoky Lentil Florentine Soup

1 TBS canola oil
1 cup chopped onions
1 cup chopped celery
1 cup chopped carrots
1 TBS chopped garlic
12 ounces turkey kielbasi, sliced thin (or other smoked sausage)
16 ounces dried yellow lentils
8 to 10 cups low sodium chicken broth
10 ounce package frozen chopped spinach, defrosted and drained
extra water if necessary
salt and cayenne pepper to taste

In a large stock pot, heat oil on medium heat and saute onions, celery, carrots and garlic for 5 minutes or until soft. Add kielbasi and cook for another few minutes. Add lentils, broth and water. Cover and bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 2 1/2 to 3 hours making sure to stir occasionally. Add extra water if necessary and soup becomes too thick. Add salt and cayenne pepper to taste. Makes about 6 servings.

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The Japanese Redneck November 18, 2010 at 10:03 am

I have a big pot of white bean, pasta and sausage soup in the fridge for tonight!

Your recipe looks good!

Stacey Snacks November 18, 2010 at 11:57 am

I love lentils! Looks good Lisa!

Bridgett November 18, 2010 at 12:05 pm

I wish it were cold enough to be on a soup kick here but that has never stopped me before from making a pot. This one sounds perfectly warming, especially with that cayenne in there!

Mary November 18, 2010 at 12:25 pm

This really looks like it could warm the cockles of my heart. It's cold and wet here and this would make a perfect lunch. I love the color. Lentils can be unappealing to look at but it looks like you've solved the problem. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings…Mary

teresa November 18, 2010 at 4:15 pm

oh what awesome flavors!

Lynne Laino November 18, 2010 at 4:45 pm

Lisa, this looks FANTASTIC!!! I'm definitely making this – thanks so much!

Leslie November 18, 2010 at 5:01 pm

love soup winter,spring,summer and fall! YUM

Lisa November 19, 2010 at 8:45 pm

This looks delicious! I've never made anything with lentils, but it's finally cold again in San Diego so I may have to give this one a try.

Chef Fresco November 19, 2010 at 11:32 pm

We're also on a soup kick – this looks and sounds amazing!

Jeanette January 26, 2011 at 4:21 pm

Yum,love how creamy this soup looks even without any cream!

SMITH BITES January 26, 2011 at 9:55 pm

you are right – perfect on a cold, blustery day!

Aggie January 28, 2011 at 10:43 pm

Wow, lots of us have had lentils and spinach on the brain lately! I made some last weekend too and have enjoyed all week. This looks so delicious! Have never made it like this, always looking for new ways to enjoy lentils!

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