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French Lentil Soup With Sausage


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  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • 2 medium carrots finely chopped
  • 1 celery rib finely chopped
  • 1 1/4 cups lentils (preferably French green)
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly-ground black pepper
  • 4 ounces smoked sausage (like kielbasa)
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar or to taste


Servings 6


Step 1

Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a 4-quart heavy pot over moderately-high heat until hot but not smoking, then cook onion, stirring occasionally, until golden brown, about 6 minutes. Add carrots and celery and cook, stirring, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add lentils, water, salt, and pepper and bring to a boil, then reduce heat to moderate and cook, covered, until lentils are tender, about 30 minutes.

While lentils are cooking, heat remaining tablespoon oil in a 10-inch nonstick skillet over high heat until hot but not smoking, then brown sausage on all sides, about 5 minutes. Cool sausage slightly on a cutting board, then cut into 1/2-inch-thick pieces. Add sausage to soup and stir in vinegar.

This recipe yields 6 servings.

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