All this rain lately makes me yearn for Fall. I love that time of year it’s my favorite season. I figure since we have been stuck inside with the rain it was time for a soup. Nothing wrong with secretly wishing Fall arrives sooner this year while it cooks away!
Instant Pot Sausage Lentil Stew
(Adapted from Meaningful Eats)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1lb Italian sausage
1 large onion, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
3-4 carrots, peeled and chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 1/2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon salt
2 14.5oz cans diced tomatoes
5 cups chicken stock
1 1/2 cups dry lentils, rinsed and picked over (preferably French Green Lentils)
1 cup finely chopped kale (optional)
Press the SAUTE button on the instant pot and let preheat for 1-2 minutes. Add the olive oil and Italian sausage. Cook, breaking into small pieces with a spoon, until no longer pink.
Add the onion, celery and carrot. Cook for 3-4 minutes until the vegetables start to soften. Stir in the garlic, tomato paste, Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes and salt.
Add the diced tomatoes, chicken stock, and lentils. Stir to combine.
Close the instant pot and press MANUAL and set timer for 10 minutes. When the time is up let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes, then quick release the rest of the steam.
Stir in the chopped kale. Serve topped with parmesan cheese if desired. Enjoy!