When I do my weekly menu planning, I usually run the completed menu by my husband just to get his input. One week recently I put lentil soup on the menu and we ended up in quite a heated discussion about lentil soup. He doesn’t like it if the lentils aren’t cooked enough (this happened ONCE!) and I like lentils because they are super inexpensive.
The next day he came from work and told me that the DJ on the radio had been talking about cheap but healthy meal options. The most inexpensive but healthiest food option? LENTILS!
I have a few different versions of lentil soup. But this lentil soup kicks it up a notch and was SO GOOD! I always keep a bag of lentils in my pantry for a quick, easy, filling and healthy soup. I served the soup with fresh homemade bread.
You can use any sausage you like in this soup. I used a spicy Italian and it made the whole soup HOT! I think a nice smoky kielbasa would be good as well.
- 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
- 4 sausage links, cut in to ½ inch pieces
- 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.
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