Hungarian Hot Sausage and Lentil Stoup
Begin the new year with this hot and hearty soup! Serve with Sweet Relish Salad.
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
- 1 1/2 pounds bulk hot Italian sausage
- 3 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 2 portobello mushrooms, gills scraped out, chopped
- 1 cup shredded carrots, available in sacks in the produce department of the market
- 1 cup lentils
- 1 large starchy potato, peeled and chopped
- Salt and pepper
- 1 bay leaf, fresh or dried
- 2 teaspoons smoked paprika or substitute a mix of 2 teaspoons cumin, 1 teaspoon sweet paprika and 2 pinches cayenne pepper
- 3 sprigs fresh rosemary, intact on stems
- 1 can fire-roasted chopped tomatoes (14 ounces), such as Muir Glen brand, or regular diced tomatoes
- 6 cups chicken stock
- 4 cups kale or chard (a small bunch), veins removed and chopped
- Crusty pumpernickel bread, to pass at table
- Butter, for bread
Heat a medium size soup pot over medium high heat. Add the EVOO, 2 turns of the pan, then add the sausage to the pot and brown and crumble it. Add the garlic, onion and mushrooms. Cook for a few minutes, then add the carrots, lentils, potato, salt and pepper, bay leaf, paprika or substitute mixture and rosemary (the leaves will fall from the stems as the stoup cooks). Add the tomatoes and stock and cover the pot, then raise the heat to high and bring to a boil.
Uncover the pot and place the heat back a bit but keep the stoup at a good rolling boil. Cook for 15 minutes until the lentils and potatoes are tender. Wilt in the greens in small bunches, remove the rosemary stems and turn off the heat. Let stand for 5 minutes.
Serve in shallow bowls with bread and butter to mop up the stoup. Reheat the leftovers, thinning with stock or water.