Nov 072015



I love lentils and don’t know why I don’t make them more often. When I saw this recipe @ South Your Mouth, I pinned it right away and added the ingredients to my cozi app under Shopping (if you haven’t tried this app, you should. It’s awesome!)

 Italian Lentil Soup with Sausage
15.5-oz bag Hurst’s Garlic & Herb Lentils
1.25 – 1.5 lbs. Italian sausage (I bought two packages of  this sausage and used 6 links)
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cups diced onion
1 1/2 cups diced carrots
1 1/2 cups diced celery
3-4 cloves garlic, diced
6 cups chicken broth
2 cups water

Remove casings from sausage (if applicable). Brown and crumble sausage over medium to medium-high heat in a Dutch oven or large pot until cooked through (take care not to let the pot scorch or burn). Using a slotted spoon, remove sausage from pot and set aside.

Add olive oil, carrots, onion and celery to pot and sauté until onions become translucent (about 4-5 minutes). Take a picture so you can show your friends you just cooked a classic French mirepoix. Boom.

Add garlic and continue cooking for 2 minutes.

Add chicken broth, water, lentils (with seasoning packet) and sausage to pot and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and cook for 40 minutes or until lentils are tender. Turn off heat and let soup rest, covered, for 20 minutes before serving.

So did we like it?
You know when you take the first bite of something you pretty much know whether you’re going to like it, love it, or not like it at all? Well, when I took my first bite of this soup, I thought I wasn’t going to like it. I don’t think I’ve ever eaten soup with sausage in it and it threw me off. It didn’t taste like chicken :). That’s what I usually have in soup. But a few spoonfuls in and I was really loving it and am glad I made it. There was plenty left for dinner the next night and for my son to take to work. Like I said, I love lentils and this soup is a great way to make sure I eat them more often. My son thought it was good too, so it’s going on my dinner rotation list.

Just an FYI, if you decide to try this keep an eye on the liquid. After cooking it for the 40 min. it was a bit low so I added more chicken broth/water. My son likes his soup not so soupy and always uses a slotted spoon to get his soup out of the pot, so I didn’t have to add much.


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  12 Responses to “Italian Lentil Soup with Sausage”

  1. I always find books and recipes of interest at your site! I never heard of cozi app.
    Lentils have been a favorite with my family for years, I love the looks of this soup! Chicken is preferred but I do use sausage once in a while. Great recipe.

  2. Cozi app is new to me too (I’ll check it out after I write this comment). I too love lentils, and I’m so happy that it’s soup and stew and legume weather. I didn’t know you could get lentils with a seasoning pack!

  3. I like recipes that use sausage, I’m going to give this one a try.

  4. We love soup with sausage in it so will have to try this and the app you mentioned.

  5. We love sausage soups and lentils, too, so will definitely try this. I’ve only bought plain lentils in the past and have never noticed a Garlic & Herb variety- hope I can find them!

  6. Yum! I haven’t made soup in awhile but now that it’s getting colder I’ve found myself wanting them! This sounds like the type of recipe my husband would absolutely love! I don’t think I’ve ever had Garlic and Herb lentils but I definitely want to try them!

  7. This is perfect weather for that cozy soup, and I’ll have to find out about the Cozi ap too.

  8. Hate to admit it. I’ve never tasted lentils. Hear about lentils on tv and other places. In my soup, I usually put beef.

  9. I don’t know if they sell those lentils here in Canada, but I can improvise. Looks like a soup my family would love! Thanks for sharing.

  10. I’ve never cooked with lentils – yet another gap in my repetoire! Cheers

  11. yum! That looks delicious~

  12. Thank you for the recipe. Lentils are so healthy. Try mixing them with couscous, arugula, some feta, tomatoes and cucumber.

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