I love rice and so does my husband. We try to find different ways to prepare and enjoy this wonderful food. Through time, we found hundreds of recipes, some simple and some exotic, and have enjoyed preparing them. We've found some real winners, which I have published on this blog and some that are not so great, which are in my personal "do not" repeat folder. I have created this site to share those memorable dishes - which are all about this wonderful food called "rice".

Brown Rice, Lentil and Spinach Soup

This is such a wonderful robust soup.  It is definitely a meal in itself.  I love the texture of the brown rice.  The lentils add additional protein and fiber that makes this a filling soup along with the sweet Italian sausage.  Yummmmmm.


1/2 lb sweet Italian sausage (removed from casing)
3 tblsp olive oil
2 carrots (chopped)
2 celery ribs (finely chopped)
1 large onion (minced)
1 tsp cumin seed
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1 small chile de arbol
12 cups chicken broth
3/4 cup brown lentils
1 cup long grain brown rice
1/2 lb of baby spinach leaves
Salt and pepper

Rinse brown rice in cool water, drain and set aside.  Rinse the lentils in cool water, drain and set aside.  Heat olive oil in a 5 quart pot.  Add the sweet Italian sausage , breaking it up into crumbles while browning.  Remove from the pan and transfer to a plate.  Add the carrots, celery and onion to the pot  and stir continuously until onions are a light golden color (appoximately 10-12 minutes).  Add cumin seeds, thyme and chile de arbol.  Continue sauteing for another 3 minutes until spices are incorporated with the vegetables.  Return the sausage to the pan and add the chicken broth.  Add the rinsed brown rice and lentils.  Stir and bring to a boil; season with salt and pepper to taste. Reduce the heat to medium-low. Cover and continue to cook, stirring occasionally for another 45 minutes.  Uncover and add the spinach leaves. Cook until spinach is wilted (approximately 1 minute).  Serve in your favorite bowls.

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