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Sausage, Lentil & Barley Soup (for Spock)

Yields1 Serving

 canola oil, for cooking
 2 mild or hot Italian sausages (I used Spolumbo‚Äôs)
 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
1

In 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.

2

Add 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.