cover lentils in boiling water for 30 minutes, drain
Place sausage in a large pot. Cook over medium high heat until evenly brown. set aside
Add onion, celery and chopped garlic, and sauté until tender and translucent.
Stir in •sausage, drained lentils, carrot, water, chicken broth and tomatoes. , parsley, bay leaves, oregano, thyme, basil, salt and pepper.
Bring to a boil, then reduce heat.
Cover, and simmer for 2 1/2 to 3 hours, or until lentils are tender.