I made this tonight but made many adjustments. I didn’t really understand why they wanted me to use whole tomatoes with no juice. So instead, I used fire roasted diced tomatoes with the juice included so there would be more liquid. I also added seasonings and herbs - garlic and onion powder, thyme, parsley, rosemary, cayenne. If I thought it was getting too thick during the cooking process I just added some water. Overall not bad.
This is a good easy soup. I did end up adding extra broth because it was super thick, next time I might only use a cup of lentils. Also, use a flavorful sausage, as it is the base for this soup. I think spicy sausage would be really good.
I made this soup per the recipe. Used Sweet Italian Sausage and three cups of chicken broth. I DID use the Instant Pot to cook it. Did ten minutes because that’s what it takes to cook red lentils. Broke the tomatoes up with a spoon - easily - after cooking. Red lentils break down so the soup was nice and creamy. We LOVED it. Unsure why others did not. It did not need additional flavoring and we felt it had enough liquid. Could have been because others simmered it down and I used the Instant Pot so kept more moisture. We tend to like spicy food and we both loved the flavor of this. Our sausage was Kroger Sweet Italian - bulk.
Where are the herbs & spices? At a minimum, throw in a couple of bay leaves and some red pepper flakes/cayenne. And, of course more broth and include the can liquid. Use one 14oz can whole or diced tomatoes and one can Rotel-type. Do a longer simmer so the flavors can better develop. Better yet, overnight it. Everybody loves lentil soup!
Great flavor, not enough liquid. In the future I'll use crushed tomatoes since the whole ones don't break apart, and pour in the entire can, including the liquid. Adding more broth is a good suggestion.
Quick and easy, hearty and delicious! Doesn't get much better than this! Break the tomatoes up a bit with your spoon and, yes, you do use the whole can of tomatoes...including the juice.
I don't think anyone actually even tested this recipe. There is no mention of what to do with the tomatoes (and they do not break down on their own) and 4 cups of stock is not enough..needs 6. Wish I would have used the juice from the tomatoes :/
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