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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Spicy Lentil And Sausage Soup

This is a great soup and in fact it is the national soup of Egypt. It is sold on the streets from huge containers. It is relatively easy to make.
You will need:
2 lbs lentils soaked overnight
2 carrots
1 onion
1 Celery stalk
1 head of garlic
3 bay leaves
Olive oil
Portuguese linguice or other smoked sausage
1 tablespoon flour
1/2 can of tomatoes
a few hot dried peppers to taste
2 or 3 slices of bacon cut into small strips for taste.
stock or water
Heat the oil in an appropriate saucepan. Cut the bacon into strips and add to the oil, cook lightly and then add the chopped vegetables and cook until all the flavors blend.
Add the lentils and allow to cook for a few minutes until you can smell all the flavors blending. Add the garlic, bay leaf, and peppers and cook them for a minute or two. Add the tomatoes with the juice and also the spices and the flour. Mix well. Add the stock or water and bring to boil. Add the sausages. Season and simmer on the stove or in a crock pot until the lentils are tender and all the flavors come to the fore.
Correct seasoning and serve.
This is a basic recipe. You can add lamb to this recipe. You can add other sausages or a ham hock or even ground beef.
Of course we learned very quickly in the middle east that you do not put pork in any of the soups.


grahamer said...

lovely job i love making soup..

Tomie said...

roLentil soup is lovely... try it without tomatoes, I think it's much nicer.

adam f. dieffenbach said...

This looks great - you mentioned bacon in the instructions but it's not in the ingredients. How much bacon did you use?

James P. Walsh said...

Hello Adam
Just two or three slices cut into strips and heated with the olive oil for taste. I will correct the recipe and thank you for the visit and the operation.

James P. Walsh said...

I mean observation....not operation of course .