Lentil and Sausage Soup

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This slow cooked Lentil and Sausage Soup was a last minute, easy Sunday dinner recipe.. I didn’t have a lot on hand (end of the month empty fridge!!), so it’s pretty easy.

This is also a VERY inexpensive meal, it cost me no more than $2.50 for the whole pot, so about $.41 a serving).  I like to serve up easy meals like this with something simple like fresh cut apples.

This meal would cost $1 or less per serving.

Lentil and Sausage Soup

Serves about 6

1 lb dried Lentils (rinsed and sorted) (about .99 a lb)
2 chicken bullion cubes ($.25 or less)
1 tsp garlic powder (.05)
2 tsp onion powder (.05)
1 bay leaf (.05)
8 cups of water
squeeze of lemon juice (.05)
1/2 lb bulk sausage (I used chicken and apple, but you use your favorite) (I pay no more than $2 a lb for this, wait until it is on sale and stock up)

Add prepared Lentils, bullion cubes, garlic and onion powder, bay leaf and water to the slowcooker. Cook on high for 2 hours or until almost tender. Brown the sausage on a skillet and drain any fat, add to the lentils (you can do this at the beginning but I think the sausage loses too much flavor. Cook for 1/2 to 1 hour more or until the lentils are tender. When the soup in done I like to squeeze a little lemon juice to brighten the flavor- not too much, you don’t want to to taste like lemon.

I hope you enjoy this easy Lentil and Sausage Soup.

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