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Lentil Soup with Smoked Sausage

This Smoked Sausage and Lentil Soup is packed with lentils, hearty winter vegetables, smoked sausage, and spices. It’s a freezer-friendly recipe that’s great for meal prepping!

Close up shot of spoonful of smoked sausage and lentil soup.

Creating This Hearty Lentil Soup Recipe

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. I’d have to say that lentils are one of those foods.

Particularly, this bowl of sausage and lentil soup. This lentil soup with smoked sausage is rich with flavor despite its 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 lentil soup with meat doesn’t have a fancy thing about it — in looks or ingredients. But it did have me going back for seconds!

Sausage Lentil Soup Ingredients

This is a simple yet hearty lentil soup recipe that calls for basic ingredients you may have on hand already. Here’s what you’ll need to make the soup:

  • Dried lentils
  • Smoked sausage
  • Red onion
  • Garlic
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Chicken broth
  • Water
  • Salt and pepper
  • Dried herbs and spices
  • Fresh parsley, for garnish

For the complete ingredient list and detailed instructions, scroll to the bottom of this post for the FREE printable recipe card.

How to Make Smoked Sausage and Lentil Soup

I’ve given step-by-step instructions on how to make this sausage lentil soup recipe in the recipe card below, but here’s an overview of the process:

  1. In a medium-sized stock pot, saute the sausage until it;s browned and fragrant. Remove sausage and set aside, leaving the drippings in the pot.
  2. Saute the onion in the same pot used for the sausage until tender.
  3. Add the garlic and saute an additional minute.
  4. Add the water to deglaze the pot, making sure to scrape up any browned bits that remain.
  5. Add the broth, lentils, and seasonings.
  6. Bring pot to a boil. Add the sausage, carrot, and celery, place a lid on the pot, and simmer until the lentils and vegetables are tender.

The above is simply a quick summary of this recipe. Check out the free printable card at the bottom of this post for all the detailed instructions.

A bowl of smoked sausage and lentil soup.

Can You Freeze Lentil Soup?

Yes! Because this smoked sausage and lentil soup is broth-based and is made with hearty vegetables, it freezes very well.

Let the soup cool to room temperature before transferring to freezer bags or containers. The soup will last up to three months once frozen.

What to Serve with Lentil Soup

I love serving this hearty lentil soup with crusty bread, rolls, or a side salad. Here are some lentil soup sides you can try:

What Readers Are Saying

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!” — Becky M.

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.” — Anonymous

It’s in the pot right now – it smells so good! I can’t wait to try it. Thanks for sharing.” — Anonymous

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Roasted butternut squash and garlic are pureed with onion, carrot, broth, and half and half for a silky smooth, creamy, savory Roasted Butternut Squash Soup. Top it with bacon and sage for perfection.

If you’re looking for a creamy, rich and flavorful soup, try this Italian Sausage Kale Soup. It’s a lightened up version of an Olive Garden Classic and crowd favorite, Zuppa Toscana.

This recipe for Cheesy Broccoli Soup with Kale & Carrot is incredibly simple to whip up for dinner on a busy weeknight and the perfect way to warm up on a cold winter evening.

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Lentil Soup with Smoked Sausage

Lentil Soup with Smoked Sausage

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

This Smoked Sausage and Lentil Soup is packed with lentils, hearty winter vegetables, smoked sausage, and spices. It's a freezer-friendly recipe that's great for meal prepping!

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cups 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

Instructions

  1. In a medium-sized stock pot, saute the sausage until it is browned and fragrant.
  2. Remove sausage and set aside, leaving the drippings in the pot.
  3. Saute the onion in the same pot used for the sausage for 3-5 minutes, until tender.
  4. Add the garlic and saute an additional minute.
  5. Add the water to deglaze the pot, making sure to scrape up any browned bits that remain.
  6. Add the broth, lentils, and seasonings.
  7. Bring pot to a boil.
  8. Add the sausage, carrot, and celery, place a lid on the pot, and simmer this Lentil Soup with Smoked Sausage for 35-45 minutes, or until lentils and vegetables are tender.
  9. Serve.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 6 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 329Total Fat 22gSaturated Fat 7gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 11gCholesterol 49mgSodium 1655mgCarbohydrates 17gFiber 6gSugar 4gProtein 16g

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Becky M.

Monday 12th of January 2015

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!

Anonymous

Monday 14th of December 2009

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.

Anonymous

Thursday 12th of November 2009

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

Jan (Mixing Bowl Kids)

Thursday 12th of November 2009

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

Half Baked

Wednesday 11th of November 2009

Mmm that soup looks warm, comforting, and delcious!

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