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This hearty soup, with its lentils and sausage, seems made for savory. For a special version, use imported Vertes du Puy lentils, which have a rich, earthy flavor. A firm whole-grain bread would be ideal alongside. Plus:  Great Soup Recipes 

Food & Wine
August 2013

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Credit: © Elizabeth Drago, Food Stylist Vivian Lui

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • In a large pot, heat the oil over moderate heat. Add the celery, onion, and carrot and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is translucent, 5 to 10 minutes.

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  • Add the lentils, tomatoes, water, dried savory, if using, bay leaf, salt, and pepper. Bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat and cook, partially covered, until the lentils are tender, about 40 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, heat a large nonstick frying pan over moderately high heat. Add the sausage and cook, turning, until browned, about 3 minutes in all. Remove. When the sausage is cool enough to handle, cut it crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick slices.

  • Stir the sausage and fresh savory, if using, into the soup and simmer it for 5 minutes longer. Remove the bay leaf. If the soup is too thick for your taste, thin it with additional water.

Suggested Pairing

The inexpensive red wines called Côtes-du-Rhône—from a district of the same name in the south of France—tend to have earthy and spicy flavors that will nicely balance those of the lentils and sausages.

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