Lentil and Orzo Soup with Sausage

Lentil Orzo Soup

With fall in the air, you may be looking for a flavorful, different type of soup to make.  If that’s the case, then try Lentil and Orzo Soup with Sausage.

Lentils come from a bushy plant in the legume family and have been around since Neolithic times.  Lentils are a significant source of protein when considering plant-based protein foods as well as contain iron and fiber.  In a single serving (3.5 oz dry weight), lentils contain 26g of protein, 67% of the daily vitamin B1 recommendation and 60% of the daily recommendation for Iron.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups lentils
  • 1/2 cup orzo pasta
  • 1 pound sausage.  NOTE: We have made this soup with and without the sausage.  It actually makes a tasty soup either way.
  • 8 to 9 cups water
  • 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Hot Sauce.  A single tablespoon makes this soup pretty spicy.  You can reduce the amount or switch to a different type of hot sauce if you are looking for less heat.
  • 1/2 large red onion
  • 2 teaspoons Knox cracked pepper
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 2 tablespoons Kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • Chopped fresh cilantro, mozzarella cheese and lemon for serving

Instructions

  1. Brown sausage and set aside.
  2. Dice onion.
  3. Dice onion
  4. Heat olive oil, to medium-high, add onions, cumin, and Knox cracked pepper.  Stir constantly to prevent burning. Once onions are caramelized, move to a large soup pot.
  5. Add 8 cups of water, the hot sauce, turmeric and Kosher salt to the pot. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 45 minutes.  You may need to add more water to get the texture that you want.
  6. Add orzo and sausage while simmering.  Cook another 15 minutes.  You may need to cook soup a little longer in order to make sure the lentils are tender.
  7. Serve with cilantro, mozzarella cheese and lemon.  We have also made this soup by substituting diced green onions for the cilantro.

Adapted from dixiedolphin recipe posted on Live Journal.

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4 Responses to Lentil and Orzo Soup with Sausage

  1. Rhonda Leigh says:

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  2. Kim Forni says:

    Soup is always comforting and delish, what sausage do you recommend?

  3. ArmadilloPepper says:

    The last time I made this, I used regular breakfast sausage (non-spicy). The hot sauce already provides plenty of heat.

  4. Tad Jakes says:

    We always appreciate reciepes using our sauce and look forward to trying them. We made this last night and enjoyed eating next to a fire, watching football and served with warm tortillas. It was delicious. We added the hot sauce to our individual servings.(Although I was pro-sticking to the reciepe)It does add a very unique flavor and heat. Great choice for the sauce, Thanks.

    Tad

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