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Woodcutter’s Stew

I originally found this recipe in one of my many cookbooks and modified it to suit my family's tastes. It's the only soup or stew they regularly ask me to prepare.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Cook: 45 min.
  • Makes
    6-8 serving (2-1/4 quarts)


  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) stewed tomatoes
  • 2 celery ribs, sliced
  • 1/2 chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 5 cups water
  • 1 cup dried lentils, rinsed
  • 2 medium potatoes, cubed
  • 2 medium carrots, sliced
  • 5 teaspoons chicken bouillon granules
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 8 ounces fully cooked Polish sausage


  • In a blender or food processor, process the tomatoes until smooth; set aside.
  • In a large saucepan, saute celery and onion in butter until tender. Add the next eight ingredients; cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 35-40 minutes or until lentils are tender.
  • Meanwhile, cut sausage into 1/2-in. slices; cut each slice into quarters. In a skillet over medium heat, brown sausage; drain. Add to lentil mixture with reserved tomatoes; heat through. Discard bay leaf.

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