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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

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.


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.


Season with salt and pepper and serve hot.