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Lentil Sausage Soup

Lentil Sausage Soup

This lentil sausage soup makes a hearty, delicious dinner. In this recipe, lentils, sausage and vegetables are cooked in a flavorful broth. For the sausage, use smoked or polka kielbasa, the fully cooked variety. They will flavor this lentil soup beautifully, so we can keep the ingredients list short and simple.

 

We love lentils! They’re nutritious, economical and versatile. Plus, they cook-up quick and don’t require soaking overnight – making them perfect for weeknight dinners.

 

For more delicious lentil recipes try this Italian sausage lentil soup, bacon and lentil soup, or this potaje de lentejas, which is a Cuban style lentil soup.

 

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To make these lentils and sausage you will need

1 tablespoon Olive Oil

1 Medium Onion, finely diced

1 Large Carrot, peeled and diced

1 Celery Rib, finely diced

2-3 Garlic Cloves, minced

14 ounces Smoked Sausage or Polska Kielbasa Sausage, the fully cooked variety, sliced into bite size rounds.

12 ounce Package of Lentils, sorted, rinsed and drained

4 cups Chicken Broth

4 cups Water

4 ounces Fresh Spinach

¼ teaspoon Black Pepper, or to taste

Salt, to taste, if needed

 

Sort the lentils

Don’t skip this step! I frequently find small rocks in lentils. More so than in any other type of beans, so pick through them thoroughly.

 

Sort the lentils by placing them in a large colander, bowl or on a clean, flat surface. Pick through the lentils and remove any foreign objects, such as tiny rocks, misshaped beans, etc.

 

Rinse the lentils with cold water and drain.

 

Prep work

Prep is easy and quick with this lentil soup! Dice the onions, carrots and celery. They are all going into the pot at the same time, so keep them in the same bowl. I like using glass nesting bowls to organize all my ingredients. They make prep work a snap!

 

Next, mince the garlic and slice the sausage into bite size rounds. That’s it prep work is done!

 

The ingredients for the lentil sausage soup displayed on a wood cutting board.

 

Start the lentil soup

Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. When the oil is hot, but not smoking, add the onions carrots and celery to the pot.

 

Gently cook the vegetables for 5 minutes, while stirring frequently. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly.

 

Now, add the smoked sausage and cook them for 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently.

 

Time to cook the lentils

Add the lentils, chicken broth and the water to the pot. Raise the heat to high and bring the broth to a boil. It will take about 5 minutes for the broth to start boiling.

 

Lower the heat to medium when the broth is boiling vigorously. Cover the pot and cook the lentils for 25-35 minutes, stirring occasionally.

 

Some people like their lentils a little firmer than others. After 20-25 minutes, the lentils will be al dente. They will have just a little bite in the middle. If you prefer your lentils a little more tender, then keep cooking them.

 

Taste the lentils and check if they have reached the desired tenderness. If they are still a bit hard for your taste, continue cooking for 10-15 more minutes and try again. Lower the heat and stir more often. As the lentils thicken, they could start sticking to the bottom of the pot.

 

Finish the lentil sausage soup

Lower the heat to low. Add the spinach to the lentils and sausage. Give everything a good stir until the spinach wilts. Finally, stir in the black pepper.

 

Taste the lentil soup and add salt if needed. It’s best to wait until the end to add any salt to this soup. The chicken broth and the sausage contain plenty of salt already. As a reference, we didn’t add any salt to ours. But, salt is always a matter of taste.

 

Serve the lentil sausage soup alone, with white rice or a nice piece of crusty bread, if desired. Enjoy!

 

Lentil sausage soup served in a dark gray bowl.

 

Serves 4

 

Want to try more delicious soup recipes? Check out this sausage and white bean soup or this Italian sausage and pastina soup.

 

Lentil Sausage Soup served in a dark gray bowl.
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Lentil Sausage Soup

This lentil sausage soup makes a hearty, delicious dinner. In this recipe, lentils, sausage and vegetables are cooked in a flavorful broth.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: hot sausage, lentils
Servings: 4
Calories: 669kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 Medium Onion finely diced
  • 1 Large Carrot peeled and diced
  • 1 Celery Rib finely diced
  • 2-3 Garlic Cloves minced
  • 14 ounces Smoked Sausage or Polska Kielbasa Sausage the fully cooked variety, sliced into bite size rounds.
  • 12 ounces Lentils sorted, rinsed and drained
  • 4 cups Chicken Broth
  • 4 cups Water
  • 4 ounces Fresh Spinach
  • ¼ teaspoon Black Pepper or to taste
  • Salt to taste, if needed

Instructions

Sort the lentils

  • Sort the lentils by placing them in a large colander, bowl or on a clean, flat surface. Pick through the lentils and remove any foreign objects, such as tiny rocks, misshaped beans, etc.
  • Rinse the lentils with cold water and drain.

Start the lentil soup

  • Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. When the oil is hot, but not smoking, add the onions carrots and celery to the pot.
  • Gently cook the vegetables for 5 minutes, while stirring frequently.
  • Add the garlic to the pot and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly.
  • Add the smoked sausage to the pot and cook them for 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Add the lentils, chicken broth and the water to the pot. Raise the heat to high and bring the broth to a boil.
  • Lower the heat to medium when the broth is boiling vigorously. Cover the pot and cook the lentils for 25-35 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Taste the lentils to see if they have reached the desired tenderness. If they are still a bit hard for your taste, continue cooking for 10-15 more minutes and try again. Lower the heat and stir more often. As the lentils thicken, they could start sticking to the bottom of the pot.
  • Lower the heat to low.
  • Add the spinach to the lentils and sausage. Stir until the spinach wilts.
  • Stir in the black pepper.
  • Taste the lentil soup and add salt if needed.
  • Serve the lentil sausage soup alone, with white rice or a nice piece of crusty bread, if desired.

Nutrition

Calories: 669kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 70mg | Sodium: 1761mg | Potassium: 1460mg | Fiber: 27g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 105.7% | Vitamin C: 38.6% | Calcium: 12.2% | Iron: 48.6%
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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