Ever since these (which I’ve made 3x now), I’ve sort of fallen back in love with kielbasa. Not that I ever fell out of love, but…well…I guess it just fell off my radar. Then those bites smacked me in the face, “Hello! Remember how awesome I am?!” 

This was a comforting, hearty soup that we all Paul, Haley, and I loved – I’ve decided Trevor’s opinion doesn’t count. I think I’m 2/50 on soups with him. Thank goodness he loves bread and butter.

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Crock Pot Lentil Soup with Kielbasa
Serves 6
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 5 1/2 hours on low

• 2 tablespoons olive oil
• 3 medium carrots, chopped
• 1 small sweet onion, diced
• 3 cloves garlic, minced
• dash of crushed red pepper flakes
• salt and pepper
• 2 cups dried red lentils, rinsed
• 6 cups low-sodium chicken broth
• 6 ounces fully cooked polska kielbasa, cut into bite-sized pieces
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1/2 tablespoon dried Italian herbs
• 2 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice

Coat a 6 quart crock pot with nonstick cooking spray.

In a large sauté pan, warm the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the carrots, onion, garlic, and red pepper flakes; sauté for 5-6 minutes. Season with a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Add the mixture to the crock pot, along with the lentils, broth, kielbasa, and salt. Stir to combine, cover, and cook on low for 5 1/2 hours.

Stir in the herbs and lemon juice. Taste and add a touch more salt and pepper, if necessary.

NOTE: if you’re using smaller than a 6 quart crock, I would lesson the amount of broth by a cup. Also, this soup thickens the longer it cooks/sits, so if you decide to let it go for 7-8 hours, it will resemble oatmeal more than soup!

(adapted from Parents magazine)

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