Lentils and sausage in a sweet paprika soup

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What better way to chase the winter blues away, than a bowl of hearty food.  Lentils and sausage is a classic French combination, and paired with sweet paprika, it makes a very comforting but healthy meal.

Serves 6
Total prep time: 60 mins

Ingredients

100 g green lentils
2 large potatoes
2 carrots
1 onion
1 garlic clove
2 sausages (saucisse de Toulouse or Italian for example)
salt & pepper
1 tablespoon sweet paprika
2 litres chicken broth
sprig of thyme
1 bay leaf
2 tablespoons parsley (chopped)
1 celery branch
2 tablespoons olive oil

Preparation

Chop the onion, garlic, celery, carrot, and sear them in a large pot with olive oil on medium heat for a few minutes.

Add the sausage previously cut in big chunks, and continue searing in the saucepan for 2 to 3 minutes, add the lentils, potatoes, parsley, and the broth.

Add salt, pepper, and paprika.

Add thyme, 1 bay leaf and cook until the lentils are tender but not falling apart (about 45 minutes on a simmer)

Serve hot with a good bread.

This recipe is from Cook’n With Class Uzès, who are based in Uzès , Gard.

They offer French cooking classes, including market visits, and wine pairing classes.

Eric, the chef is French, with over 30 years experience in the food and hospitality industries in France, Mexico, Canada & the USA. He returned to France to embark on new adventures.

He said “I love to cook and even with all my travels, French cuisine is still my first love. With the encouragement and marketing genius of my Nigerian-born (anglophone) wife, Yetunde, I opened Cook’n With Class Paris in 2007. Class sizes have always been small and generosity continues to be our benchmark. More than 8 years since its beginnings, I’m happy to say that our small school has grown in staff size as well as in a happy repeat student base. With this same love of sharing our experiences and recipes, we open our second school, Cook’n With Class Uzès in 2015.

Cook’n With Class Uzès
Chemin du Moulin (Musée 1900)
Arpaillargues-et-Aureillac 30700
Tel: 04 66 01 35 15