Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Sweet and Smoky Curried Lentil Soup

This soup is like a big hug from the inside.  I've never been a big curry fan but after the addition of a few special and unique ingredients I'm now hooked on this wonderful Winter soup and consider it "blog worthy".  Like most dinners, I start with a basic plan and then add additional ingredients depending on how creative I'm feeling that particular evening.  *I will denote in the recipe where I decided to get creative with the ingredients and make it my own*.  My family gave it 5 stars and I think you will too.  Oh, by the way, this recipe was made in a slow cooker so there really was no hassle involved during the dinner time rush.  Priceless.

6 cups chicken broth
3 whole bay leaves (I used dry)
1 T. olive oil
*1 pound smoked turkey sausage, cut into bite size chunks*
*1 medium sweet onion, cut into bite size chunks*
2 carrots, peeled and cut into bite size chunks
*2 parsnips, peeled and cut into bite size chunks*
2 Yukon gold potatoes, cut into bite sized chunks
3 ribs celery, cut into bite sized chunks
1 large can (28 oz) stewed tomatoes
1 1/2 c. lentils, rinsed
3 T. curry powder
1 T. garlic powder
1 t. black pepper
salt to taste
1 t. ground corriander
1 t. ground cumin
*1 1/2 t. smoked paprika*
*2 T. brown sugar*

Assemble all ingredients.  In a skillet over medium high heat, brown turkey sausage lighly in oil.  Add the onions and cook an additional few minutes just to sweat the onions.  In a large slow cooker, add the carrots, parsnips, celery, potatoes and sausage/onion mixture.  Mix well and then add the additional ingredients and continue to mix until thouroughly combined.

Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours or on high for 4-5 hours or until the lentils are tender and the soup has thickned nicely.  (Remember to remove the bay leaves before serving.)

This soup has a depth of flavor I wasn't prepared for and I believe the addition of the brown sugar is what makes this soup such a winner.  Balance is the key, and this soup is a very well balanced, healthy, easy and delicious meal.  It's a big hearty hug from my insides to yours :)  Enjoy!!!


  1. Yum, this looks great! I'll have to keep it bookmarked for when winter comes along. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  2. This sounds wonderful! I'd like to try it because I'm itching to make anything with parsnips. I have no idea what they taste like and I want to try them. Now I just have to find parsnips at the grocery store. :)

  3. Oh wow, this sounds so yummy! I've been on a curry/lentil kick lately, so this is right up my alley :)