Winter Vegetable Soup with Sizzled Sausages
Some nights all you crave is a big bowl of steaming hot soup and this one will hit the spot with your family. You can use cavolo nero, spinach or shredded cabbage instead of or as well as the silverbeet. For a vegetarian version use vegetable stock and omit the sausage topping.
Base: Slice all the vegetables thinly. Heat the oil in a large saucepan and add the vegetables, garlic, spices and bay leaves. Season then cover and cook for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, adding a splash of water if the pan is too dry.
Stir in the lentils, tomatoes and the stock and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
To serve: Add the silverbeet and cooked pasta and cook for 5 minutes or until the silverbeet is tender.
Heat a sauté pan with a little oil. Add the sausages and cook over a high heat until cooked, golden and crispy, breaking them up into small pieces with a wooden spoon. Drain on paper towels.
Stir the parsley into the soup then ladle into bowls. Top with the sizzled sausages and a shaving of Parmesan if using.