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Lentil Soup with Sausage, Chard, and Garlic

Lentil Soup with Sausage, Chard, and Garlic Recipe

  • 1/2 cup olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 4 large links of sweet Italian sausage, removed from the casing (I used hot local pork sausage)
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 celery stalks, cut into crescents
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and cut into crescents
  • 4 cloves garlic, sliced (reserve half for later in the recipe)
  • Kosher salt
  • A pinch of crushed red pepper flakes (Optional - I did not use them since I substituted hot sausage)
  • 1 cup brown lentils, sorted
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 6 cups water
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 to 4 cups shredded red Swiss chard leaves or kale (I used kale)
  • Grated Pecorino Romano cheese
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