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!!!