extremely adorable when they're not trying to bite you), and we got into a few screaming matches. And today, it finally proposed (I finished collecting my data)! I know that there's a lot of work ahead in preparation for the big day but, barring extremely weird circumstances, it'll happen. I will get those three precious letters tacked onto the end of my name. Life is good.
You might be wondering what this has to do with soup. You see, when I get really close to finishing a project, I neglect all desires of food or water because I'm so motivated to get the work done. But not today. I was excited to pry myself away from the microscope and have leftovers of this soup because I loved it so much. I love lentil soups and stews in general, but I think that this is the best one that I've ever made. It's simple, but it works brilliantly. If you're looking for a filling and comforting way to warm up this winter, I have your answer.
Lentil, sausage, and spinach soup (adapted from The Whole Foods Market Cookbook)
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 carrot, sliced thinly
4 oz. spicy bulk sausage (or links with casing removed)
1 bay leaf
6 cups chicken stock
1/2 cup brown lentils
1/4 cup brown rice
5 oz fresh or frozen spinach
Heat oil over medium heat in a large saucepan. Add onion, garlic, and carrot and saute until the veggies are tender (about 5 min). Stir in the sausage, break it up into small pieces, and let it brown for about 5 min. Then add the bay leaf and the stock, bring to a boil, and reduce heat to medium. Stir in the lentils and brown rice and continue to simmer for about 50 min, or until the rice and lentils are tender. Stir in frozen spinach after about 35 min of simmering time, or fresh spinach after 45 min. Serves 4.