Surprisingly hearty for such a tiny legume, lentils are the perfect match for smoky sausage and winter vegetables in this thick soup.
The most common lentils are brown, but they may also be green, red and yellow. Lentils are not sold fresh; they are dried immediately after harvest. Store lentils tightly covered at room temperature and they will keep for up to a year.
Use any variety of fully cooked smoked sausage or kielbasa for this recipe.
To make All-Veggie Lentil Soup, omit the sausage and use vegetable broth.
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