Italian Sausage Lentil Soup

Italian Sausage Lentil Soup

This Italian sausage lentil soup is hearty, delicious and full of good-for-you ingredients. It’s loaded with lentils, carrots, celery, onions, potatoes, and spinach. Ok sure, it has Italian sausage, but you have to live a little, right?

Italian Sausage Lentil Soup served in a white bowl with a roll on the side

 

Add a hearty piece of crusty bread and this soup makes a very satisfying meal. If you can’t get enough soup, try this Tuscan soup, this easy lentil sausage soup, this fully loaded Cuban chicken soup or this amazing navy bean soup. Enjoy!

 

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 pound Italian Sausage, casings removed and torn into pieces, or use bulk sausage
  • 1 Small Onion, finely diced
  • 1 Carrot, Diced
  • 1 Celery Rib, Diced
  • 3-4 Garlic Cloves, minced
  • ½ teaspoon Dried Oregano
  • 12 ounces Dried Lentils, picked through and rinsed
  • 4 cups Chicken Broth
  • 4 cups Water
  • 2 cups Diced Red Potatoes (about 4 medium potatoes)
  • 3-4 ounces Baby Spinach
  • Salt, to taste
  • Fresh Ground Black Pepper, to taste

 

Prep Work

  • Pick through the lentils and remove any foreign objects (such as tiny rocks). Don’t skip this step, I frequently find small stones in my lentils. Put them in a large colander or on a clean surface and carefully sort through them. Then, rinse them well and drain.
  • Remove the sausage from its casings. Use a sharp knife tip and run it along the sausage lengthwise. Remove the casing and tear it into small pieces. This will make it much easier to break up the sausage in the pot.
  • Dice the onions, carrots, celery and the potatoes. Leave the skin on the potatoes, they add nutrients and it’s easier!
  • Mince the garlic and measure out the remaining ingredients.

 

Brown the Italian sausage

Add the olive oil to a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the sausage and cook for 5 minutes to brown. Stir frequently and break it up using a wooden spoon or spatula.

 

When the sausage has browned, lower the heat to medium and add the onions, carrots and celery to the pot. Cook the vegetables with the Italian sausage for 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently. This combination of onions, carrots and celery is called a mirepoix. It’s commonly used as a flavor base for soups and stews. It really is worth the effort and the few minutes it takes to get it started. 

 

Add the garlic and oregano, stir to mix well and cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring frequently.

 

Make the soup

Add the lentils, chicken broth and water to the pot and stir. Raise the heat to high and bring the liquid to a boil, lower the heat to medium-low and cover. Cook the lentils for 15-20 minutes or until they start to soften, stirring occasionally.

 

Add the potatoes to the pot. Raise the heat and bring the liquid back to a boil. As soon as it starts to boil, lower the heat to medium-low. Cook the soup for another 12-15 minutes, or until the potatoes and the lentils are tender.

 

Add the spinach to the soup and stir until it wilts.

 

Taste the Italian sausage lentil soup and add salt and pepper, to taste. We don’t add salt earlier because the Italian sausage and the chicken broth both contain a good amount. Plus, boiling the broth will concentrate it further. If we add salt early on it might be too salty; best wait to the end. As a reference, we  added almost ½ teaspoon of salt and ¼ teaspoon of fresh ground black pepper.

 

Serve the soup with a side of crusty bread and enjoy!

 

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Italian Sausage Lentil Soup served in a white bowl with a roll on the side
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5 from 6 votes

Italian Sausage Lentil Soup

This Italian sausage lentil soup is hearty and delicious. It’s loaded with lentils, Italian sausage, carrots, celery, onions, potatoes, and spinach.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Italian sausage, lentil soup, lentils
Servings: 8
Calories: 395kcal
Author: Elizabeth

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 pound Italian Sausage casings removed and torn into pieces, or use bulk sausage
  • 1 Small Onion finely diced
  • 1 Carrot Diced
  • 1 Celery Rib Diced
  • 3-4 Garlic Cloves minced
  • ½ teaspoon Dried Oregano
  • 12 ounces Dried Lentils picked through and rinsed
  • 4 cups Chicken Broth
  • 4 cups Water
  • 2 cups Diced Red Potatoes about 4 medium potatoes
  • 3-4 ounces Baby Spinach
  • Salt to taste
  • Fresh Ground Black Pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Pick through the lentils and remove any foreign objects (such as tiny rocks). Rinse well and drain.
  • Remove the sausage from their casings and tear it into small pieces.
  • Add the olive oil to a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the sausage and cook for 5 minutes to brown. Stir frequently and break it up using a wooden spoon or spatula.
  • When the sausage has browned, lower the heat to medium and add the onions, carrots and celery to the pot. Cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Add the garlic and oregano, stir to mix well and cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Add the lentils, chicken broth and water to the pot and stir. Raise the heat to high and bring the liquid to a boil, lower the heat to medium-low and cover. Cook the lentils for 15-20 minutes or until they start to soften, stirring occasionally.
  • Add the potatoes to the pot. Raise the heat and bring the liquid back to a boil. As soon as it starts to boil, lower the heat to medium-low. Cook the soup for another 12-15 minutes, or until the potatoes and the lentils are tender.
  • Add the spinach to the soup and stir until it wilts.
  • Taste the Italian sausage lentil soup and add salt and pepper, to taste.

Notes

Pick through the lentils and remove any foreign objects (such as tiny rocks). Don’t skip this step, I frequently find small stones in my lentils.

Nutrition

Calories: 395kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 43mg | Sodium: 875mg | Potassium: 850mg | Fiber: 14g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 2310IU | Vitamin C: 17.8mg | Calcium: 72mg | Iron: 4.7mg
The nutritional information above is computer generated and is only an estimate. There is no guarantee that it is accurate.This data is provided as a courtesy for informational purposes only.

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