Sausage Lentil Soup
This hearty Sausage Lentil Soup hits the spot on a chilly night! It’s packed full of flavor, filling, and healthy! Made with lentils du puy, or French green lentils, you’re in for a treat!
A bowl of this Lentil Vegetable Soup is high in protein and fiber, so besides being delicious, it’s good for you.
Why You Must Make
- There’s a delicious depth of flavor from the layering of ingredients.
- First, there are the mild Italian sausages, then the aromatics (the onions, garlic and leeks), followed by seasonings, plus my secret ingredient: A Parmesan cheese rind!
- And as a bonus, it’s both healthy and delicious!
I won no popularity contests with this Sausage, Lentil, and Vegetable Chowder. Nick was a good sport and had a bowl, along with the split pea and ham soup I made for his father. The latter won out, but he did inquire what alternatives there were when they both showed up on the menu the next night, too.
I, though, was in heaven. This hearty, veggie-packed soup was perfect for the record cold streak we had in early January, where the high was often -10º. I won’t even mention the wind chills. I ate this for lunch and dinner for numerous days in a row, and never tired of its deliciousness.
How to Make Lentil Vegetable Soup
One year, I ate two tasty lentil soups at holiday gatherings. I took elements of both and came up with this stellar version. You can easily make this recipe vegetarian or vegan, just omit the sausage and use vegetable broth.
- Soak the lentils in boiling water to hasten the cooking process.
- While lentils are soaking, saute Italian sausage slices, remove them, and saute the aromatics, then the vegetables.
- Cook until tender, then add tomatoes and drained lentils.
- Add chicken broth, seasonings, Parmesan rind, and reserved sausage and simmer for about an hour or until lentils are cooked through.
- Serve hot!
Frequently Asked Questions
Lentils are a dried seed that’s categorized as a pulse, along with beans and peas. Popular in Europe and the Middle East, they’re often used as a meat substitute.
There are a number of kinds of lentils including:
Lentils du Puy – French lentils are grown in a certain region of France. They hold up well when cooked.
Green or European Lentils – Mild flavor and also stay firm.
Red Lentils – Slightly sweeter and break down when cooked.
Brown Lentils – Most common lentils. They hold their shape well.
Beluga Lentils – Soft with a robust flavor, they keep their shape and look like caviar when cooked.
Most lentils will cook in 20-30 minutes so it’s not necessary to soak them. But it will speed up cooking time, so go ahead if you want to hurry things along.
It depends on what kind of texture you’re looking for and how much time you have. Red lentils will get very soft and cook quickly. Green and brown lentils will take longer to cook and will give your soup more texture.
A nice crusty bread or breadsticks are terrific to soak up any soup left in the bowl or to dip as you’re eating. Crackers are a must with soup at our house. A green salad is always a nice contrast to the hot, flavorful lentil soup.
It should be good for 4-5 days if kept in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It also can be frozen for up to 3 months.
This is a tip I picked up from Ina Garten. If you have the rind left after using up a chunk of Parmesan cheese, save it in a zip-top bag in your freezer. It can be added to soups, stews, and pasta sauces as they cook.
The rind contains salt, fat, acid, and even that elusive 5th sense of taste, umami. As the soup cooks, the rind softens and infuses the liquid with all those components. Primarily, it will add a salty flavor and thicken the soup.
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Sausage Lentil Soup
A hearty lentil soup that's both healthy and delicious
- 1 pound French green lentils
- 1 pound Italian sausage links, sliced
- 1/4 cup olive oil, divided
- 2 cups chopped yellow onions
- 2 leeks, cleaned and white parts chopped
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 4 stalks celery, diced
- 4 carrots, peeled and diced
- 2 bell peppers, diced
- 2 14 1/2 ounce cans stewed tomatoes
- 1 teaspoons kosher salt (may need to adjust depending on saltiness of chicken broth)
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon minced fresh thyme
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 2 quarts chicken broth
- Piece of Parmesan rind, optional
- In a large bowl, cover lentils with boiling water and let rest for 15 minutes. Drain.
- While lentils are soaking, saute Italian sausage slices in 2 tablespoons olive oil till browned. Remove and set aside.
- Add the rest of the olive oil and saute onions till translucent, then add leeks and garlic and saute a few minutes before adding carrots, celery and bell pepper.
- Cook about 10 minutes, then add tomatoes and drained lentils.
- Add chicken broth, seasonings, Parmesan rind (if using) and reserved sausage and simmer for about an hour or till lentils are cooked through.
- Serve with grated Parmesan if desired
Other lentils may be used, but I prefer lentils du puy.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 422Total Fat: 24gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 38mgSodium: 1885mgCarbohydrates: 35gFiber: 8gSugar: 12gProtein: 20g
Lentil Soup photo circa 2014.
40 Comments on “Sausage Lentil Soup”
Great recipe and really a nice one. Will surely try this
Love this. And with thyme I think lentil soups become even more enjoyable. I’ve never combined cumin and thyme. Very different!
Such an amazing meal! This is so perfect for weeknights!
Soup loaded with lentils, sausage, and vegetable? Such a perfectly cozy and homey dish. It looks so inviting indeed!
Perfect timing as the temperatures are going to plummet later this week. Soup makes a frequent appearance in our menu planning during the colder months so having a delicious change in my standard repertoire is welcome.
I make pea soup all the time and would really like to add lentils to my meal plan.. This sounds like a great soup:@)
This was so good! Love the combination of favors. I used turkey Italian sausage to save on some calories and fat. I did use the Parmesan rind. Sending this recipe on to my mom!
I’m so glad, Kay! Thanks for the feedback!!!
This would be a soup I would love and my husband would never ever even try. Oh men!
Your chowder looks delicious, I love all the veggies and fresh thyme!
Lizzy, your chowder looks great! Wonder why the boys don’t like it. But more for you then 🙂
Oh how delicious and nutritious!! I love this style of food for winter, full of flavor, and loads of veges too, lentils are a favourite of mine.
Nice chowder Liz, I like the spices in it…it sure look delicious!
Hope you are having a great week 😀
What?!? I’ll come over and eat a big bowl of this any day you’d have me. But yeah, my husband isn’t the hugest fan of some of the soups I make, either. I’ve found that if I serve a big basket of good bread (and maybe some chive compound butter along with it), it helps makes the soup go down easier 🙂
You’d definitely win a popularity contest if you made this soup for me! It looks just perfect for this cold winter we’re all having.
So warming and comforting! Though our weather in Austin doesn’t hold a candle to the Midwest’s cold, I could SO go for a bowl of this to warm up to. Wonderful recipe, Liz!
I’ve never tried lentil soup with any meat, I’ve always made it 100% vegetarian and hubby complains he is hungry just two hours after!!! May be adding some meat to it will make him full :). Lovely soup Liz.
My kind of soup! 🙂 ela
It has sausage in it.
How does something with sausage lose. I am perplexed.