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.
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword hot sausage, lentils
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
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
  • ΒΌ 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: 5285IU | Vitamin C: 31.8mg | Calcium: 122mg | Iron: 8.7mg