Lentil soup is considered a lucky dish that is often served for New Year’s in many parts of Europe. The lentils symbolize wealth because they are shaped like coins. So why not try your luck at this flavorful dish!
Happy New Year!
1 tbsp vegetable oil
2 large onions, diced
1 tsp, minced garlic
1 tsp paprika
3 carrots, cubed
2 stalks celery, cubed
3 1/2 cups (875 ml) crushed tomatoes
1 1/2 cups (375 ml) lentils, soaked, rinsed, and drained
1 cup (250 ml) white wine
8 cups (2000 ml) chicken stock
2 bay leafs
1/2 pound kielbasa or other smoked sausage
salt and pepper to taste
parsley for garnishing (optional)
In a large stockpot, sauté onions in oil until translucent. Stir in celery, carrots, garlic, paprika and sauté for 10 minutes.
Stir in tomatoes, chicken stock, lentils, bay leaves, salt and pepper. Stir well, then add the wine and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat and cook for 1 hour on low to medium heat, or until the lentils are tender.
Meanwhile, using a nonstick frying pan, add the sausage and cook over moderately high heat, turning, until browned, about 3 minutes. Remove on to plate. When the sausage is cool enough to handle, cut it crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick slices.
Once lentils are tender, add the sausage into the soup and simmer it for 5 minutes longer. Remove the bay leaf. If the soup is too thick, thin it with additional stock.
Sprinkle the soup with parsley and serve.
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