Slow Cooker Sausage and Lentil Soup
Lentil soup with sausage is an easy, filling, and delicious meal. Cooked in the slow cooker and packed with health ingredients, this lentil soup is a family favorite.
I fell in love with lentils and lentil soup when I worked for a travel company and spent time traveling in the near east. I was very happy to discover that lentil soup is very easy to make and I began recreating my favorite lentil soup at home. I have a few different versions of lentil soup, but this one is by far my favorite because of the sausage. The sausage adds a new depth of flavor and interest to the lentils.
You can use any sausage you like in this soup. In the past I’ve used a spicy Italian sausage, but I always thought it would taste super with a smoky sausage instead. As it just so happens, until this Saturday, if you are signed up for the “Just for U” program at your local Safeway store, you will save $3 when you buy 3 Hillshire Farm products. I had a really hard time picking out a Hillshire Farm sausage to use but decided to try the new Angus beef smoked sausage.
I loved the smoky flavor the Angus sausage gave the lentils as they simmered all day long in the slow cooker. I only used one package of the sausage in the lentil soup, but I think next time I will use two. The soup felt a little lean on sausage, which isn’t what I was going for at all.
Aside from the lentils, this soup calls for basic ingredients you probably already have on hand. I usually use homemade chicken broth when making soup, but this time I just bought a box of broth at Safeway when I picked up the Hillshire Farm sausage and it worked just fine. I love to make dinner easy!
If you’ve never cooked with lentils, you just want the basic brown lentils. Lentils are very inexpensive and full of great nutrition. The lentils will expand similar to beans or rice when cooked and should be nice and soft when eating.
The best part of this soup is that you can let it simmer along in the slow cooker all day long. I love to serve homemade soup with a nice loaf of fresh bread for lots of dipping.
Make sure to check out the Hillshire Farm website for even more options for delicious recipes for any meal!
- 2 medium carrots, cut in to ¼ inch pieces
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 1 celery stalk, cut in to ¼ inch pieces
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 package Hillshire Farms Angus Smoked Sausage
- 1½ cup lentils
- 5 cups chicken broth
- 3 cups loosely packed baby spinach
- Salt and pepper to taste
- In a pot or large frying pan, heat a Tablespoon of oil.
- Add sausage and onions and saute for a few minutes.
- Add garlic, carrots and celery and continue to cook until onions are clear.
- Put contents of pot/pan in to the bowl/crock of slow cooker.
- Add lentils and chicken broth.
- Cover and cook on low for 4 hour or on high for 2 hours.
- Stir in baby spinach, salt and pepper just before serving.