Lentil soup with Chard and Carrots

Thanks to Connie O.

1/2 C olive oil

1 1/2 C chopped onion

2 cloves minced garlic

2 cups lentils, rinsed. pre-soaked 1 hr

5 C chicken broth

1 T thyme

1 large can of tomatoes

1 small can of tomato sauce

4 C chopped chard (spinach? kale?)

1 large carrot chopped

sweet Italian chicken sausage sliced thin (12 oz)

ground black pepper

—heat olive oil over medium heat, saute onions for 2  min, add garlic saute 2 min, add lentils, pepper thyme, toss to coat.

— then, pour in tomatoes, sauce, and stir in chard. add broth and sausage, bring to boil over med-high heat. simmer appx 30 min until lentils are tender. You can thin the soup with water if desired.

— just before serving you may add red vinegar, or parmesan cheese.