Two things happen in the Sugarplum house when the temperature drops below 60 ~
1. We all become crazy-scarf-people. Seriously, we have bins full of scarves!
2. I make a pot of soup!
We love soup, and the heartier and healthier the better. You just can’t beat a meal that cooks in one pot and is served in a single bowl. I came across this recipe in the Sunday paper a few weeks ago and I knew it’d be my first soup of the season.
Here we go…gather your ingredients:
- 1 T olive oil
- 2 cups chopped onion
- 1 cup diced celery
- 4 ozs. chopped turkey kielbasa (I used the whole package)
- 2 t. thyme leaves
- 1 1/2 t. garlic powder
- 1 t. paprika
- 1/4 t. crushed red pepper
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 1 14 oz. can diced tomatoes
- 1 cup lentils, rinsed
- 5 ozs. fresh baby spinach leaves
1. Cook onions and celery in the olive oil over medium heat for about 3 minutes. Add turkey, cook and stir 3 minutes longer until turkey is browned and veggies are soft. Stir in thyme, garlic powder, paprika and red pepper; cook and stir 2 minutes.
2. Sitr in broth, tomatoes and lentils. Bring to boil, reduce heat to low, cover and simmer until lentils are tender. (Package said this should take 15-20 minutes, mine took more like 45.)
3. The next step is the magic trick the kids love to watch….Stir in spinach:
Simmer until the spinach is wilted:
Serve with butter-soaked crusty bread…and Git in Mah Belly!
Unfortunately you have to move quickly in Texas. It may have been 60-degrees when I bought the ingredients for this soup, but almost 80-degrees by the night I made it! My kids LOVED it (They aren’t picky eaters, they’d starve in my house if they were!), but were sweating by their second bowls.
Here is a printable version of Savory Turkey Sausage & Lentil Soup. Do you pull out a certain recipe when the temperature dips? Do share!
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