If you celebrate Thanksgiving, I hope it was a wonderful day with family and friends with plenty of good food.
As the holiday season kicks off, a hearty lentil soup with plenty of cool weather goodness, is a good option. This soup can be put together in a few minutes and within the hour be ready to serve. Most of the hour will be spent simmering on the stove.
There’s no such thing as too many easy ‘go to’ recipes that check off the list of healthy, hearty and delicious.
Lentil Soup With Smoked Sausage and Apples
Recipe from New York Times
2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
1 large yellow or red onion, finely chopped
Kosher salt and black pepper
2 tart-firm apples, such as Honeycrisp, peeled and diced
3 celery stalks, chopped into 1/2-inch pieces
6 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 fresh sage sprig, leaves chopped or 1/2 teaspoon dried sage
1 fresh thyme sprig, leaves chopped, or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1-1/2 cups/12 ounces dry hard cider
3/4 pound smoked sausage, such as kielbasa or Andouille, sliced into 1/2 slices
1-1/2 cups/10 ounces dried small lentils
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 teaspoons cider vinegar
1/4 cup sour cream
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
4-6 scallions, thinly sliced for garnish
Melt the butter in a large Dutch oven over medium high heat. Add the onion, season with salt and cook, stirring, until the onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the half of the chopped apples, and cook, stirring until softened, adjusting the heat as necessary to avoid scorching, about 5 minutes.
Add the celery, garlic, sage and thyme, and stir to combine. Pour in the cider and let it come to a bubble. Add the sausage, lentils, nutmeg, and 4 cups water to the pot. Season with 1 teaspoon salt and a generous amount of pepper. Let the soup come to a boil, then decrease the heat to maintain a low simmer. Cover the pot and cook until the lentils are tender, 35 to 40 minutes.
Just before you are ready to eat, add the vinegar. Stir together the sour cream and mustard, then stir the mixture into the soup. Taste and add more salt and pepper if necessary. Serve in bowls topped with the scallions and remaining chopped apples.
Note: Any sparkling or still dry cider works well. You can substitute dry white wine with a little bit of apple juice. A non-alcoholic version, use chicken or vegetable stock and increase the vinegar at the end for tartness.