Sausage & Lentil Soup

I made this one up all by myself!  It's pretty good in my opinion.

4 c water
2 c beef broth
1/2 lb lentils
1/2 can petite diced tomatoes
dash paprika
1 bay leaf
1/2 t salt (or more)
dash pepper
dash Italian Seasoning
dash red pepper flakes
3-4 medium carrots, diced fairly small
1/4 c onion, diced
1 clove garlic
1 lb sausage (pick spiciness carefully)

In a soup pot, combine water, broth, lentils, tomatoes, paprika, bay leaf, salt, pepper, Italian Seasoning and red pepper flakes.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat, cover and simmer.  In a pan, coat with oil and place on high heat.  Add onion, carrots and garlic.  Saute until onions start to change color.  Add sausage.  Brown sausage completely, making sure to crumble it.  When finished, drain all fat.  Add sausage mixture to soup pot.  Cover and simmer 45-60 minutes.  Stir occasionally.  Add water if needed to keep consistency.  Serve warm.

Note: The spiciness of the sausage is very apparent in this soup, so be careful what kind you get.

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