Ok - what's in the fridge? a bag of carrots, celery, leek, and a red bell pepper. There's onions and dry lentils in the pantry, and half a dozen or so smoked sausages (kielbasa style). So there's hope, and I'll be fed for the next couple of lunches too!
|2 litres Chicken Broth||Red Bell Pepper, chopped||500g dried lentils|
|20 baby carrots, chopped||6 sticks of celery, chopped||6-8 straight kielbasa, sliced|
|2 leeks, chopped||1 and a half onions, chopped||Salt, Papper, Basil|
- Put about a litre of chicken broth in a (very) large pot and add an onion (and another half, as I had a half waiting) and maybe half a kilo or so of bacon, chopped into little squares. Set it to boil for maybe 15 mins.
- Add the lentils and simmer for about another 20-30 minutes.
- The lentils should be swelling nicely by now, so add all the veg and mix it all well together.
- Add about a teaspoonful of basil, and salt and pepper to taste.
- Keep simmering for another 20 minutes.
- Add the kielbasa smoked sausage (sliced into coins) and mix well in.
- Keep cooking for about another 20 minutes, so all is well boiled.
- Serve with bread and enjoy the inner warmth!
So here's a close-up so you can see that it's quite a busy-looking soup - plenty of visual interest with the colours and textures.