Lentil Sausage Soup

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1 Tablespoon olive oil

3 links sweet Italian sausage, casings removed

1 leek, chopped

½ onion, chopped

2 carrots, peeled and chopped

2 celery stalks, chopped

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 teaspoon fresh thyme, chopped

1 teaspoon fresh rosemary, chopped

½ teaspoon kosher salt

1 14 oz can diced tomatoes

1 ½ cups lentils

6 cups chicken broth

In a large pot over medium heat, brown the Italian sausage, breaking up the sausage into bite sized pieces.  Add the leek, onion, carrot and celery and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.  Stir in the garlic, rosemary and thyme, and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.  Add the salt, diced tomatoes, lentils, broth and water.  Bring to a boil, and reduce the heat and simmer the soup for 2 ½ to 3 hours or until the lentils are soft.  You can add up to 1 cup of water to thin the soup if desired.