|A Big Food Favorite|
I absolutely love this soup. And it gets better and better as it mellows in the fridge.
‘Borracho’ means ‘drunkard’ in Mexican.
LENTIL SOUP BORRACHO
1 lb lentils, rinsed
4 C beer
3 C chicken stock (preferably homemade—see recipes in Basics section)
1 lb lean ground beef
1 C cooked ham pieces
1 lb smoked sausage or kielbasa, sliced thin (preferably homemade—see recipes in Sausages subsection)
1 C celery, chopped coarse
1 C red onion, chopped
1 tsp garlic (about 2 medium cloves), chopped
½ tsp dried rosemary, crumbled
½ tsp dried basil, crumbled
1 C (4 oz) mushrooms, sliced
Salt, pepper, to taste
Combine lentils, beer, and stock in large kettle or Dutch oven, bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer. Brown ground beef in skillet, drain off fat, and add beef to lentils with all remaining ingredients except salt and pepper. Cook 1 hour or until lentils are tender. Season to taste with salt and pepper.