Lentil Soup with Smoked Sausage

Beans and Legumes, Main Dish, Pork, Soup and Stew | 14 comments

It’s so easy to forget about the foods that don’t look like much, even though they can taste really, really good. Like hit-the-spot kind of good. The kind of good that has you going back for seconds even though you’re already comfortably full. It’d have to say that lentils are one of those foods. Particularly, this bowl of Lentil Soup with Smoked Sausage.

The soup is rich with flavor despite it’s simple ingredients. I love a good meal that can be made without a big trip to the store. Carrots, celery, onion, I always keep those on hand. When smoked sausage goes on sale, I usually grab a few for the freezer because I know it’s fast and good for busy days. This recipe for Lentil Soup with Smoked Sausage doesn’t have a fancy thing about it – in looks or ingredients. But it did have me going back for seconds.

Lentil Soup with Smoked Sausage
a goodLife {eats} creation

  • 1 3/4 c dried lentils
  • 16 oz. smoked sausage, sliced and quartered
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 2 ribs celery, diced
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 dashes cayenne pepper
  • 1 dash cumin
  • 1 dash garlic powder
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 Tbs fresh parsley, finely chopped

In a medium sized stock pot, sautee the sausage until it is browned and fragrant. Remove sausage and set aside, leaving the drippings in the pot. Saute the onion in the same pot used for the sausage for 3-5 minutes, until tender. Add the garlic and saute an additional minute.

Add the water to deglaze the pot, making sure to scrape up any browned bits that remain. Add the broth, lentils, and seasonings. Bring pot to a boil. Add the sausage, carrot and celery, place a lid on the pot, and simmer for 35-45 minutes, or until lentils and vegetables are tender. Serve.

Katie Goodman

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Katie’s lifelong interest in cooking good food has shown her that part of the goodness in life is enjoying delicious food with friends and family. She is: Mom. Writer. Photographer. Recipe Developer. Website Founder. Lover of all things good in life. A mix of great recipes, family memories, and yummy photography is what Katie serves up each week at GoodLife Eats™. Katie and her family reside in Colorado.

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  • 1
    Jamie - November 09, 2009 @ 8:54 pm

    Yum I love soup at this time of year. Carrabba's has a delicious sausage and lentil soup that I just adore. I will have to give your recipe a try!


  • 2
    Ben - November 09, 2009 @ 10:55 pm

    You just gave me an idea for dinner, that's why one should read food blogs when hungry, LOL.


  • 3
    Amanda - November 10, 2009 @ 12:10 am

    Holy canoli, that looks really good. Lentils keep popping up on blogs this month, making me want make some. This looks really delish, I am bookmarking!


  • 4
    MeetaK - November 10, 2009 @ 7:23 am

    lovely. there is a great traditional german recipe very much like this that i ususally make. what i find really cool is that yesterday i posted a lentil soup too and since then i've seen at least 4 other posts with lentil soup. it's great – i love lentils and one can never have enough recipes to try! looks great!


  • 5
    oneordinaryday - November 10, 2009 @ 1:48 pm

    I make a lentil and sausage soup too, and we just love it. So hearty and satisfying on chilly days. Yum.


  • 6
    tastyeatsathome - November 10, 2009 @ 4:27 pm

    I have all of the ingredients to make this. Hmmm, maybe this will be on the table this week!


  • 7
    hcrjfrandall - November 10, 2009 @ 5:36 pm

    Looks yummy…I'll have to try it!


  • 8
    Coconut Recipes - November 10, 2009 @ 6:39 pm

    Looks delicious! I love lentils….


  • 9
    Leanna - November 10, 2009 @ 9:47 pm

    I can't get enough lentils lately, this sounds like a perfect fall evening meal. I am bookmarking it right now.


  • 10
    Half Baked - November 11, 2009 @ 12:16 am

    Mmm that soup looks warm, comforting, and delcious!


  • 11
    Jan (Mixing Bowl Kids) - November 12, 2009 @ 2:00 am

    Mmm Katie, this looks so hearty and yummy and delicious!


  • 12
    Anonymous - November 12, 2009 @ 10:03 pm

    It's in the pot right now – it smells so good! I can't wait to try it. Thanks for sharing:o)


  • 13
    Anonymous - December 14, 2009 @ 10:51 pm

    This is the first "from-the-internet-blogosphere" recipe I've ever made… and boy was it good! Definitely going into rotation of easy meals to make and so hearty.


  • 14
    Becky M. - January 12, 2015 @ 10:25 am

    I just made this last night, and it was delicious! I’ve been looking for more recipes to make with lentils; thanks so much for sharing this recipe!


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