French Lentil Soup with Andouille Sausage

This is my variation on the traditional French lentil soup. I’ve tried to find the actual origin of the recipe, it seems to be primarily Canadian and Creole French, I could definitely be wrong but ultimately it doesn’t affect the flavor! I wanted to make a variety of French fusion foods this is just my interpretation of the original. It was delicious flavorful and spicy.

French Lentil Soup:
2 pieces Andouille Sausage (about 1/2 pound, sliced)
1/2 medium red onion (diced)
1/2 cup carrots peeled and diced
1 stalk of celery diced
4 large cloves of garlic (grated or pressed)
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 cup of lentils (any variety)
Salt, and Fresh cracked pepper to taste (I used A LOT, about 1/2 tablespoon of pepper)
1 1/2 cups water

1/2 cup tomato sauce
1-2 cups water until its your desired consistency
*Green Onions For Garnish

In a large saute pan or dutch oven over medium to high heat brown the sausages and remove from pan. In the drippings cook the onion, carrots and celery until slightly softened. Add back to the pan your sausage and also the garlic, thyme, lentils and 1-2 cups of water. You just want enough to cook the lentils at this point. Bring to a boil, place the lid on the pot and lower the heat to a simmer. Cook until the lentils are tender. Add more water if necessary. Once your lentils are cooked add the tomato sauce and water to reach whatever your desired consistency is. Simmer until serving. Serve hot.

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