Slow Cooker Sausage and Lentil Soup

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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.

lentil soup

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.

lentil soup

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.

lentil soup

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.

lentil soup

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!

lentil soup

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.

lentil soup

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.

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lentil soup

 

Slow Cooker Lentil and Sausage Soup
Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  1. In a pot or large frying pan, heat a Tablespoon of oil.
  2. Add sausage and onions and saute for a few minutes.
  3. Add garlic, carrots and celery and continue to cook until onions are clear.
  4. Put contents of pot/pan in to the bowl/crock of slow cooker.
  5. Add lentils and chicken broth.
  6. Cover and cook on low for 4 hour or on high for 2 hours.
  7. Stir in baby spinach, salt and pepper just before serving.

Comments

  1. AnaDion says

    The weather is getting colder, and as a college student I’ve been getting homesick, and nothing cures the pair of those better than soup. I was torn between this and a chicken quinoa soup, I went with this because it seemed the heartier of the two and had more much-needed iron and it was terrific! At home we cook with Hillshire Farm Smoked Beef Sausage a lot, but the store was out, so I got one with a combination of beef, turkey, and pork (which was terrifying. I hate mixing meats). I’ve also never cooked with or eaten lentils. Anyways, this was terrifically filling and warm and smelled amazing cooking (I made it on the stovetop). It also reminded me of my moms red beans in rice, I’m not sure why.

    Thanks for the recipe!

    • says

      I’m so glad you liked it. It’s one of my favorites. I have a friend who also hates to mix meats so no bacon cheeseburgers! Lentils are a great source of protein on a budget. I learned to love them traveling in the Middle East. I’ll have to post my koshari recipe for you to try. It’s an Egyptian street food made with lentils and one of my favorite foods ever.

  2. Wiley Hall says

    Thanks for the recipe. It was very cold here today and this was enjoyed by everyone. The only change I made was to substitute with a different sausage. Delicious.

  3. Kathy says

    Made this soup last weekend, didn’t have the smoke sausage on hand so used hot sausage links instead, turned out great! Freezes well too, put into lunch portions and froze for future meals. Thank you!

  4. says

    My husband makes an amazing lentil soup. Yours looks great, too. We’re still too hot in Florida to eat much soup, but hopefully come January we’ll have a few cold days!

  5. brandi says

    It is currently raining and chilly at my house….I’m going to go get a pedicure, pick up what I don’t already have for this recipe, build a fire and make this soup! (throw in some reading and it will be a perfect day)

  6. says

    Nice – I may have to give this one a try (one day when my vegetarian daughter is away at friends’). My most recent lentil dish (I love lentils because they’ve got lots of fiber and protein, and work well with Indian dishes, which my family loves) was a big hit at our house: curried lentil and root vegetable stew. Definitely inexpensive, and incredibly flavorful (I don’t skimp on the spices – ever!)

    http://www.naturallyradiant.info/site/curried-lentil-root-vegetable-stew/
    Siobhan Landis recently posted..What’s for Supper? Another collection of quick and easy vegetarian meal ideasMy Profile

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