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This hearty Sausage, Lentil and Vegetable Chowder will hit the spot on a chilly winter’s night!! Flavorful from the sausage, filling from the lentils and healthy from the chopped veggies!

Sausage, Lentil and Vegetable Chowder in a white crock garnished with fresh thyme

Sausage, Lentil and Vegetable Chowder

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.

Sausage, Lentil and Vegetable Chowder in a soup bowl with crackers

Lentil Soup Recipe

Over the holidays, I was treated to two marvelous lentil soup recipes, one at a pre-Christmas luncheon and another on New Year’s Day. I took elements of both and came up with this stellar version. You can easily make this recipe vegetarian, just omit the sausage and use vegetable broth.

I would be apoplectic if I ever got a request for this lentil soup from my family members, but I must admit I’m delighted to have a vat of this sausage, lentil and vegetable chowder in the fridge for my lunches the rest of the week. How do you feel about lentils???

If you’d like to make your own chicken broth, this Instant Pot Chicken Broth tastes amazing! And this Italian Wedding Soup is a winner!

Sausage, Lentil and Vegetable Chowder in a white soup bowl

Sausage, Lentil and Vegetable Chowder

Sausage, Lentil and Vegetable Chowder

A hearty lentil soup that's both healthy and delicious

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Yield 8 servings


  • 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


  1. In a large bowl, cover lentils with boiling water and let rest for 15 minutes. Drain.
  2. 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.
  3. 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

Yield: 8-10 servings

Total time: 1 1/2 hours

Nutrition Information:



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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 422Total Fat: 24gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 38mgSodium: 1885mgCarbohydrates: 35gFiber: 8gSugar: 12gProtein: 20g
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34 comments on “Sausage, Lentil and Vegetable Chowder”

  1. What.


    It has sausage in it.

    How does something with sausage lose. I am perplexed.

  2. My kind of soup! 🙂 ela

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

  5. 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.

  6. 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 🙂

  7. Nice chowder Liz, I like the spices in it…it sure look delicious!
    Hope you are having a great week 😀

  8. 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.

  9. Lizzy, your chowder looks great! Wonder why the boys don’t like it. But more for you then 🙂

  10. Your chowder looks delicious, I love all the veggies and fresh thyme!

  11. This would be a soup I would love and my husband would never ever even try. Oh men!

  12. 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!

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