Sausage, Lentil and Vegetable Chowder

This hearty Sausage, Lentil and Vegetable Chowder will hit the spot on a chilly winter’s night!!
Sausage, Lentil and Vegetable Chowder | Hearty and delicious!

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 often high was -10ΒΊ. 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 | Hearty and delicious!

In the Minority

Over the holidays, I was treated to two marvelous lentil soups, 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 it 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???

Sausage, Lentil and Vegetable Chowder | Hearty and delicious!

Sausage, Lentil and Vegetable Chowder

Serves 8-10 servings     adjust servings

Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 1 hour 20 mins
Total Time 1 hr 40 mins

A hearty lentil soup that's both healthy and delicious

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  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: 1Β½ hours

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      Nutrition Facts
      Serving Size
      Amount Per Serving As Served
      Calories 617kcal Calories from fat 258
      % Daily Value
      Total Fat 29g 45%
      Saturated Fat 8g 40%
      Cholesterol 50mg 17%
      Sodium 1163mg 48%
      Carbohydrate 61g 20%
      Dietary Fiber 11g 44%
      Sugars 13g
      Protein 31g

      Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

      Calories 2000
      Total Fat Less than 65g
      Sat Fat Less than 25g
      Cholesterol Less than 300mg
      Sodium Less than 2,400mg
      Total Carbohydrate 300g
      Dietary Fiber 25g
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      Comments

      1. Lynn@Happier Than A Pig In Mud says:

        Bet I’d like this! Interesting combo with the cumin and thyme. Hope Bill is home and things are settling down:@)

      2. Nice dish for winter πŸ™‚ or spring. Looks so warming and yummy!

      3. I love lentil soup especially with all these veggies. It sounds perfect for all these chililer days we’ve been getting.

      4. Wow, fabulous looking dish! Healthy, hearty soup, perfect for the entire family! πŸ™‚

      5. I’ve never met a lentil soup I didn’t like! Although I’ve never made one with Italian sausage before. But I will, I will! πŸ˜‰ This looks fabulous — thanks.

      6. Liz, this looks and sounds amazing! This would be perfect for the rainy weather we are finally getting here in California.

      7. This chowder would be very popular at my place. hearty as you said and I love finding nice recipe that use lentils.

      8. Tasty looking chowder!

      9. Lizzy,
        I love lentils and sausage (well Italian sausage). This soup looks so good. I can’t wait to try it.
        Annamaria

      10. Lovely dish! We love lentils in my family and guess I can substitute sausage with soy strips and have them…. I know it won’t even be close to the sausage taste but I have no choice!

      11. Perfect for Minnesota weather!!!!!!!!!! YES.

      12. Dang nabbit!! I gave my bag of lentils to my son because I had them for ages and didn’t think I was going to use them. Silly me! This is one stick to your ribs, belly warming meal in a bowl. Well done Liz!

      13. This chowder looks deliciously flavoursome πŸ˜€

        Cheers
        Choc Chip Uru

      14. Did you say -10?!?! How do you survive?! Who cares what the boys think? I think this looks wonderful! It will be my next soup and I am sure I’ll love it! Do you use sweet Italian sausage or spicy?

      15. Soup is always a winner for me. And I love lentils because they cook so fast. I must say though that when my daughter was living at home she hated when I made soup for dinner. Now she tells me she eats it all the time! Go figure.

      16. This soup looks so hearty and flavorful!

      17. Hotly Spiced says:

        Well I would love this because I like lentils! I’m glad there was enough left over for your lunch for the next week (it sounds like no one wanted seconds?) Your win! xx

      18. This is kind of soup I would really love too. Looks so comforting and flavourful.

      19. Why is it that so many people turn their noses up at lentils? Here in Greece ‘fakes’ (a lentil soup) is a staple and I love to eat it with vinegar and croutons and cheese! So healthy and tasty! I haven’t tried making it for my new hubby yet though because I’m pretty sure he wouldn’t like the sound of it …. sigh! I think the addition of sausage in your version is fabulous!

      20. This looks and sounds perfect for these cold Winter days . We are still in a horrid “deep freezer” here in Ontario with -17 to -20 Celcius temps – ugh!! I think soup always tastes best as leftovers so enjoy!!!

      21. What.

        How.

        It has sausage in it.

        How does something with sausage lose. I am perplexed.

      22. My kind of soup! πŸ™‚ ela

      23. 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.

      24. 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!

      25. 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.

      26. 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 πŸ™‚

      27. Nice chowder Liz, I like the spices in it…it sure look delicious!
        Hope you are having a great week πŸ˜€

      28. 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.

      29. Lizzy, your chowder looks great! Wonder why the boys don’t like it. But more for you then πŸ™‚

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

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

      32. 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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