Lentils! – Lentejas!

One of Leslie’s favorite places to go is Noshville on Wednesdays. But wait…only on Wednesday? Why?  The LENTIL SOUP! She loves that soup! I remember my mom making a pretty mean lentil soup when I was young so we decided to ask my family for some advice on how to make lentils. The recipe doesn’t have an exact quantity for every ingredient, but I guess that makes it really cool to make. It’s like a victory if it comes out right (and I’m always victorious with cooking).

Uno de los lugares favoritos d Leslie es Noshville los miercoles en la noche. Pero ….solo los Miercoles? Porque? La sopa de lentejas! Le encantan las lentejas! Yo me acuerdo de mi mama cocinando muy ricas lentejas cuando era chico, asi que le pedi una receta a mi familia y consejo de como prepararlas. La receta no tiene que ser exacta por cada ingrediente, eso hace entretenido cocinarlas. Es una victoria si te quedan ricas (y yo siempre salgo victorioso cuando cocino!)

Here is our version of my mom’s recipe:

–          2 bags of lentils (about a pound total)

–          1/2 onion

–          4 small potatos (you can put more if you want)

–          1 lb. of Italian sausage

–          Salt

–          Oil

You don’t have to be exact with the measures here. Use your best judgment, if you think you need more of something, add more.

1)      Put the lentils in a bowl. Rinse them and then leave them covered with warm water overnight (You can probably get away with a few hours under water. The more they stay  under water the faster they cook)

2)      Using a colander, take the lentils out, put them in a big pot and cover with cold water. The lentils will expand later so make sure you have plenty of left over space in the pot.

3)      Cut the onions and the potatoes into small cubes. At this point start cooking the lentils at medium/high.

4)      In a skillet put some oil (enough to cover the skillet with a thin layer) and heat it up. Once hot add the sausage, onions and potatoes. Cook until the sausage look fairly cooked. Stir to make sure the onions and potatoes don’t burn.

5)      Put the onion, potatoes and sausages into the pot with the lentils. Add some salt (You can always add salt later so don’t  use too much). Stir and wait until it starts boiling.  Once boiling, turn down the heat to low and let it cook for approximately 30-40 minutes. Stir occasionally.

6)      The lentils will be done when they are soft when you bite, so you will have to try them every once in a while.

Here are a few photos of our first (delicious) attempt:

7 responses to “Lentils! – Lentejas!”

  1. I never tried lentils until I moves to Mexico and I absolutely love them. I think I can eat a small pot of the lentils my husband’s aunt makes.

    I would really love to try this recipe. I have one question though. Do you boil the lentils in the water that you soaked them in?

    • Lentils are so good, and so easy to make. No, I throw that water away and rinse them one last time before covering them again with new water to boil them. You have to let us know if you make lentils, it would be cool to hear your story. The cool thing is that you can add things to it (veggies, meat, other grains…there is no right or wrong way to prepare them),

      • I have made a lentil recipe from Paula Deen before. It called for veggies and link sausage and it was great, but I am finding your recipe a little mouth watering. I will definitely let you know when I make them. I plan on it soon. Thanks again!

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