Soup. A four letter word. A four letter word like no other.
This one can be said and should be said over and over again. I love me some soup. I have quite a love affair with soup actually. It has the power to soothe you, warm you, cure what ails you. It can be hot or cold. It can be smooth and silky, thick and creamy, indulgent and decadent – simple and spectacular. It can take you back to memories you forgot you had. I could go on and on because soup is the bomb. The bomb that explodes in your mouth leaving shrapnel of yum all over your taste buds.
Most people love soup and it’s a widely talked about food. There are books named after it (chicken soup for the soul), there are episodes of television dedicated to it (NO SOUP for you is one of the more famous Seinfeld episodes and a huge catchphrase – and sadder words were never spoken my friends…I cannot imagine NO SOUP) and there are whole cookbooks just about soup. One of my hands down favorite soups is a play on the David Rocco Tomato and Lentil soup that my friend from work got me turned onto with her addition of sausage and some other additions to my taste and I do not lie when I say this is life changing soup. This is THE Soup…the soup that will make you a believer in soup. This soup is so quick to throw together after work for a quick supper and the left overs are even more amazing as the soup has time to marry all of those flavours together (I actually prefer it on the 2nd or 3rd day). This can turn non soup lovers into fanatics. This is the soup that if you think you are someone that can’t make a good hearty soup…believe me when I say you can make this one and everyone will love it. So without further ado…here’s my all time favorite soup.
1 pack sausages (I prefer mild or hot italian but sweet italian or garlic sausages would be good too)
1 large can of whole tomatoes and the juice (you can used diced but I prefer the whole tomatoes – the photo shown here is diced)
2 – 3 cups of chicken or vegetable stock (I like a big pot of soup so I use this to stretch it out or I use 2 cans of tomatoes)
2 cups of spinach
2 cups of torn kale
1 can of lentils (you can use dry)
3 cloves of garlic (minced)
2 tsp thyme
2 tsp basil
bunch of parsley chopped
red chili flakes (use to your own tastes)
Pull sausage from the casing and crumble into hot pan with a bit of olive oil. Cook sausage through. Mince garlic and add to sausage, cook until fragrant. Add the tomatoes, chicken stock and lentils (I cook my sausage right in my soup pot and add everything to it but if you like cleaning go ahead and muck up more dishes – one for sausage and add to the pot of stock and tomatoes). Add spices and chili flakes and bring to a boil. Once it comes to a boil, add the kale, spinach and parsley and turn the heat to low. That’s it. Wait 10 more minutes for absolute bliss and try not to burn every little surface of your mouth like I do every.single.time. Please note that if you are using dry lentils your cook time will be about 10 minutes longer. Top with some fresh chopped cilantro or parsley. Yum.
I’ve always disliked the catchphrase “get in my belly” but my belly really does holler it when this soup is cooking.
Anyways I must go eat this soup now.