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.

Sausage and lentil soup is cooked in Crock Pot slow cooker until the lentils are tender in this delicious comfort food. Baby spinach and carrots are added for a healthy one pot meal.

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I fell in love with lentils and lentil soup when I worked for a travel company in my 20's. I spent a lot of time traveling in the near east where lentil soup is as common as chicken noodle soup is in the U.S.

I was very happy to discover that lentil soup is very easy to make and I began re-creating my favorite lentil soup at home.  I have a few different versions of lentil soup, but this slow cooker sausage and lentil soup is by far my favorite.  The sausage adds a new depth of flavor and interest to the lentils.

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You can use any sausage you like in this soup. In the past I've used a spicy Italian sausage, but I love the taste of smoked sausage in it, too.

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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 you could definitely use two.  The soup felt a little lean on sausage, which isn't what I was going for at all.

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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 a boxed or canned broth works, too.

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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.

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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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Slow Cooker Sausage and Lentil Soup

Slow Cooker Lentil and Sausage Soup


Ingredients

  • 2 medium carrots, cut in to 1/4 inch pieces
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, cut in to 1/4 inch pieces
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 package Hillshire Farms Angus Smoked Sausage
  • 1 1/2 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.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 1664kcal Calories from fat 221
% Daily Value
Total Fat 25g 38%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Transfat 0g
Cholesterol 54mg 18%
Sodium 4467mg 186%
Carbohydrate 257g 86%
Dietary Fiber 40g 160%
Sugars 38g
Protein 111g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g
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29 comments on “Slow Cooker Sausage and Lentil Soup

  1. J rudd on said:

    Did not cook enough using recipe time. Had crockpot on for 3 hrs on high and still had hard lentils and carrots. Very disappointed 😦

    • I would guess that your slow cooker is not working properly. While it’s possible that the lentils would still have a bit of a bite, the carrots definitely should be cooked through at 3 hours on high.

  2. Esther Williams on said:

    How many does this soup serve?

  3. Kathy Decato on said:

    Great soup! I’m making it for the 4th time tomorrow. I’ve made it with different sausages and they all have been delicious. Freezes well in individual sizes, take out of the freezer the night before and ready to heat up for lunch the next day.

  4. AnaDion on said:

    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!

    • 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.

  5. Thanks Camille for the nice and easy recipe.

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  7. Wiley Hall on said:

    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.

  8. 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!

  9. I’ve been meaning to find lentil recipes because they are PACKED with protein. This dish sounds delicious and is perfect for this cold weather! Thanks for sharing.

  10. 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!

  11. Oh that lentil and sausage soup is definitely mouth watering!

  12. We love sausage. This looks really good and great for the colder months. 🙂

  13. What a neat idea – I love adding lentils to my soups and stews but have never thought of putting lentils and sausage together! Definitely bookmarking for future reference!

  14. I have never tried lentil soup before… but this looks yummy I would love to make this for my family

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  17. brandi on said:

    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)

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  21. This one looks super yummy, too. My husband will try anything if it has sausage in it. Might be the only way I can get him to try lentils 😉 I’ve enjoyed looking around at your recipes.

  22. You could just skip the sausage and add in some red pepper flakes if you want heat. It would still be yummy!

    I have been “currying” everything lately! I’ll definitely have to try that recipe!

  23. 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/