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Did someone say SOUP?!
Here’s the most delicious soup you can serve Dad on his special day. Tastes like a yummy chili with the spicy addition of Italian sausage. Our bubbly friends Judy and Bill served this to us for an Italian themed dinner and I loved it so much I made it for dinner the very next evening! Bill found the recipe on Copykat.com:
Carrabba’s Sausage and Lentil Soup
- 1 cup diced white onion
- 1/2 cup diced carrot
- 1/2 cup diced celery
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 2 tablespoons butter or olive oil
- 1 pound Italian sausage
- 1 48 ounce package low sodium chicken broth
- 1 1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning (I used Cavender’s Greek Seasoning)
- 1 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes
- 1 cup brown lentils (I used red lentils)
In a large pot add onions, carrots, garlic, and celery and either butter or vegetable oil. Saute until the onions are transparent. Add sausage, and cook until browned. If the sausage is fairly lean drain the excess oil.
Add chicken broth, Italian seasoning, diced tomatoes and brown lentils. Cover with lid. And simmer for about 1 hour. You may want to add some additional water if too much water cooks out during the cooking process.
We found this 2016 Izadi Blanco Rioja to be an excellent pairing with the sausage and lentil soup. A blend of 80% Viura and 20% Malvasía grapes. Creamy texture with a fruit-driven freshness that balances well with the spicy flavors in the soup. Available on-line or locally at Mr. Bill’s Wine Cellar.
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