French Lentil Soup with Sausage

Total Time:
1 hr
Prep:
15 min
Cook:
45 min

Yield:
6 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, finely chopped
  • 1 celery rib, finely chopped
  • 1 1/4 cups lentils (preferably French green)
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 ounces smoked sausage, like kielbasa
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar, or to taste
Directions
  • Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a 4-quart heavy pot over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking, then cook onion, stirring occasionally, until golden brown, about 6 minutes. Add carrots and celery and cook, stirring, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add lentils, water, salt, and pepper and bring to a boil, then reduce heat to moderate and cook, covered, until lentils are tender, about 30 minutes.

  • While lentils are cooking, heat remaining tablespoon oil in a 10-inch nonstick skillet over high heat until hot but not smoking, then brown sausage on all sides, about 5 minutes. Cool sausage slightly on a cutting board, then cut into 1/2-inch-thick pieces. Add sausage to soup and stir in vinegar.


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