I don’t know about you but with the busy holiday season in full swing, I am always looking for a few more hours in the day! Add a 10 week old baby into the mix and I have never been more pressed for time in my life. No fear, soup to the rescue! Here is why soup rules:
1) Affordable way to feed a crowd. Need more? Just add more chicken broth or tomatoes to make the pot stretch.
2) One pot meal = less dishes for my husband.
3) Tastes better the next day. With a newborn, I never know what the dinner hour will have in store. By cooking a huge pot of soup during a nap, I don’t have to stress out when 6 o’clock rolls around.
4) Excellent source of vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants for the family. Don’t have fresh spinach? Toss in kale or swiss chard. No fresh greens on hand? Toss in a pack of frozen spinach. Don’t love lentils? Try cannelini beans instead. The bottom line: soup is a flavorful way to incorporate greens and legumes into your family’s diet.
Your spoon is waiting.
This one pot meal is sure to please the whole family.
- 5 Italian turkey sausage links hot or sweet
- 1 large onion diced
- 3 carrots peeled and diced
- 3 celery stalks diced
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- 1 tbs cumin
- 1 tsp salt
- ½ tsp pepper
- 2 c lentils rinsed and sorted
- 64 oz chicken broth low sodium
- 1 large bag spinach
- 32 oz fire roasted diced tomatoes
- Sherry vinegar optional
- Sriracha optional
Heat a large soup pot over medium-high and spray with non-stick cooking spray.
Remove sausage from casings and brown in pot using wooden spoon to break into small pieces.
Brown sausage and remove from pan.
Using sausage drippings, saute onions, carrots and celery until soft about 7 minutes.
Season with cumin, salt and pepper to help release juices.
Add garlic and cook additional 60 seconds.
Stir in lentils and chicken broth; bring to a boil and simmer for 25 minutes or until lentils are done.
Pour sausage back into the pan as well as spinach and tomatoes. Continue to simmer for about 10 minutes or longer.
Serve with a splash of sherry vinegar and sriracha hot sauce.
Excellent source of Vitamin A and Iron, great source of Vitamin C and Calcium.