Sausage, Lentil & Barley Soup (for Spock)

Sausage, Lentil & Barley Soup (for Spock)

  

April 28, 2010

If you like, cook the barley separately in a pot of boiling water - as you would cook pasta - for 40 minutes. Drain and add to the soup. This keeps your broth from getting starchy.

Ingredients

canola oil, for cooking

2 mild or hot Italian sausages (I used Spolumbo’s)

half a bunch of celery

2 L chicken or vegetable stock or water

a big handful of dried green lentils (about 1/3 cup)

a big handful of pot or pearl barley (about 1/3 cup)

salt and pepper to taste

Directions

1In a large soup pot, heat a drizzle of oil over medium-high heat. Squeeze the sausage out of its casings into the pot and cook, breaking up with a spoon, until no longer pink. Chop the entire bunch of celery starting at the leafy end and going about halfway down - I use a lot of celery, and throw it in the pot. Cook for about 5 minutes.

2Add the stock, lentils and barley, turn the heat down to low and simmer for about 45 minutes, until the lentils and barley are tender.

3 Season with salt and pepper and serve hot.

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