Sunday, December 14, 2008

Portuguese Porridge

This soup has nothing to do with Portuguese tradition. It's more like "extradition" from my freezer and pantry into the pot based on a mutual agreement to empty the prior and fill the latter. It's cold, it's wet outside, I don't want to go to the store, but need a warm, nourishing dinner, so I decided it was time to start my purge of stored groceries. Combining lentils with rice also makes this recipe provide more protein than other soups.


1 1/2 linguica sausages
2C dal lentils
1 1/2C wild rice
1 1/2 yellow onions
2T olive oil
8 garlic cloves
salt & pepper to taste
2t dried thyme (did I mention it was wet outside?)
12C water


Slice the linguica, then cut into matchsticks to saute in the olive oil. Once the sausage is starting to render its fat, add the diced onions, some salt, and saute until translucent. You can now add the thyme, salt and pepper, if you haven't already done so. Add the rice and mix.
Then add the lentils and mix together. Next comes the water. While you're bringing the water to a boil, peel and chop the garlic and add to the soup. Cover the pot when the soup reaches the boiling point and bring the burner down to a simmer for 25 minutes. Stir, check rice and if it is not fully cooked add more water if necessary and adjust salt.

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