Lentil Soup with Smoked Sausage

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.