Lentils and I go way back.
My Mom used to make lentils, a thick concoction, with a ham hock. She also served it over noodles or spatzle. I really loved that. I love this version as well. Although tonight, I had hickory smoked sausage.
So, here goes:
Pretty generic Lentils. Wash them in cold water. Soak for about 10 minutes.
Cook until sausage is somewhat browned, and vegetables are translucent.
Add about 4 carrots (sliced), and garlic. Continue over medium heat.
Add in chicken stock, and water if needed.
I also add dried parsley, and some ground pepper.
Add the rinsed lentils, and add in a couple of bay leaves. This really adds a lot of flavor to the lentils.
Cooked over medium to high heat until lentils and carrots are cooked through.
It is a really hearty soup. Enjoy!