Hearty Sausage and Lentil Soup


Warm up with a bowl of our Hearty Sausage and Lentil Soup. This comforting dish combines savory sausage, nutritious lentils, and a medley of vegetables in a rich, flavorful broth. Perfect for chilly evenings, this soup is sure to become a staple in your home, providing both nourishment and satisfaction with every spoonful.

Hearty Sausage and Lentil Soup

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 6
  • Serving Size: 1 bowl

Nutritional Information (Per Serving)

  • Calories: 350 kcal
  • Protein: 20g
  • Carbohydrates: 30g
  • Fat: 15g
  • Fiber: 10g
  • Sugar: 6g
  • Sodium: 900mg


  • 250g (9 oz) Italian sausage, casing removed
  • 1 cup (200g) dried green lentils, rinsed and drained
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 can (400g/14 oz) diced tomatoes
  • 1.5 liters (6 cups) chicken broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Fresh parsley, chopped, for garnish

Method of Preparation

  1. Cook the Sausage: In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the Italian sausage, breaking it into small pieces with a spatula, and cook until browned and fully cooked, about 7-8 minutes. Remove the sausage from the pot and set aside.
  2. Sauté the Vegetables: In the same pot, add the diced onion, carrots, and celery. Sauté until the vegetables are softened, about 5-7 minutes. Add the minced garlic and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes until fragrant.
  3. Add the Lentils and Broth: Stir in the rinsed lentils, diced tomatoes, chicken broth, bay leaf, thyme, and oregano. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat and let it simmer for 30 minutes, or until the lentils are tender.
  4. Combine and Season: Return the cooked sausage to the pot and stir to combine. Season the soup with salt and black pepper to taste. Simmer for an additional 5 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.
  5. Serve: Ladle the soup into bowls and garnish with freshly chopped parsley. Serve hot with crusty bread on the side if desired.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Use high-quality sausage for the best flavor. If you prefer a spicy kick, opt for hot Italian sausage.
  • Rinse the lentils thoroughly to remove any debris and reduce cooking time.
  • This soup can be made ahead and tastes even better the next day as the flavors develop.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  1. Can I use a different type of lentil? Yes, you can use brown or red lentils, but adjust the cooking time as red lentils cook faster.
  2. Can I freeze this soup? Yes, this soup freezes well. Allow it to cool completely before transferring it to an airtight container and freezing for up to 3 months.
  3. Is there a vegetarian option? Omit the sausage and use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth for a vegetarian version. You can add more vegetables or a plant-based sausage alternative for added protein.
  4. Can I add other vegetables to the soup? Absolutely! Spinach, kale, or bell peppers would make great additions to this soup.

Cozy up with a bowl of our Hearty Sausage and Lentil Soup, a perfect blend of savory sausage, tender lentils, and flavorful vegetables. Whether for a family dinner or a meal prep option, this soup delivers both taste and nutrition. Share the warmth and comfort with your loved ones and enjoy the rich flavors of this satisfying dish.