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    This delicious, hearty lentil soup made with sausage, carrots, potatoes, celery, and spices is perfect for warming you on those cold winter nights. What’s more, it’s easy to make, economical and very satisfying. High in protein and packed with fresh veggies, this will keep you feeling full!

    close up image of lentil soup with sausage in a bowl

    This sausage lentil soup is a favorite from my childhood, and I still love it! It’s rich in flavor, and lentils are so easy to prepare. They cook so much quicker than dried beans, and a small amount goes a long way.

    High in protein and made from scratch with lots of fresh veggies, this filling soup is so perfect for those colder days. It’s hearty enough to enjoy for dinner, along with some crusty bread of course! My kids and husband love it!

    Be sure to try my Cabbage Soup and Cauliflower Soup too!

    Why you will love this recipe!

    • Easy to make: All made in one pot on the stovetop, this easy lentil soup recipe requires very little prep and is simple to make.
    • Make ahead: Soups are great for meal prep an this one is no different. It’s freezer friendly too.
    • Healthy: Lentils are high in protein, Vitamin B, folate, and fiber and have twice as much iron as other legumes. Plus you get lots of vitmins and minerals from all of the veggies.
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    Ingredients for lentil vegetable soup

    To make this vegetable lentil soup with sausage, you will need the following ingredients:

    • Sausage: I like to use Italian sausage in this soup, and Cajun works great too.
    • Oil: For cooking. I like to use olive, but canola or vegetable will work well too.
    • Vegetables: Onion, carrot, celery, potatoes, tomato and garlic.
    • Broth: You can make this soup with chicken or vegetable broth.
    • Lentils: This recipe is great for green or brown lentils. They hold their shape and texture well unlike red.
    • Seasoning: Salt, pepper, oregano and fresh parsley.
    ingredients for lentil soup

    How to make lentil soup with sausage

    • Brown sausage over medium heat in a Dutch oven or a large pot until cooked through. Using a slotted spoon, remove sausage from pot and set aside.
    • Heat extra virgin olive oil over medium high heat in the pot. Add onions, carrots, and celery to pot and saute until onions become translucent (about 4 – 5 minutes).
    • Add chicken broth, water, lentils, and potatoes to the pot, and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to medium-low, cover and cook for about 20 minutes. Add peeled and diced tomato, minced garlic, and dried oregano. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Cook for another 10 minutes, or until the lentils are done. Add back the cooked sausage to the lentil potato soup.
    • Just before serving, sprinkle some freshly chopped parsley.
    process images of making lentil and potato soup with sausage
    scooping vegetable soup from a bowl

    Can you make this soup with other proteins?

    You can also make this Italian lentil soup with ground beef, pork, ground pork sausage, shredded chicken breasts, or turkey instead of the Italian sausage if you prefer. If using chicken or turkey, you may need to season it more liberally as you won’t get the flavors from the sausage.

    How long does it keep?

    This Mediterranean lentil soup makes enough for six hearty servings, so there are plenty of leftovers for lunch or dinner later in the week. Let the soup cool completely and transfer it to an air-tight container and it will keep well in the fridge for up to 4 days. You can reheat it gently on the stovetop or in the microwave for 2 minutes on full power to serve.

    scooping lentil and sausage soup from a bowl

    Can you freeze it?

    Yes, this sausage and lentil soup freezes well and will keep well for up to 6 months. Thaw it in the fridge overnight before reheating. Stir in a little extra water or stock if the soup is thick after defrosting.

    TIPS FROM NELI’S KITCHEN

    Recipe Notes and Tips

    • You can add in whatever other veggies you have to hand to make this soup, bell peppers or mushrooms make excellent additions.
    • You can use red lentils if you prefer, they will require a shorter cooking time and will have a more mushy texture.
    • If making ahead of time, let the soup cool fully before storing.
    • Make this healthy lentil and vegetable soup vegan by omitting the sausage, or use a plant-based alternative.
    two bowls of vegetable soup with lentils and sausage

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    Italian Lentil Soup with Sausage

    This hearty one-pot spicy sausage and lentil soup is packed full of veggies, protein and a ton of flavor. Easy and made in one pot. 
    Prep Time 10 minutes
    Cook Time 30 minutes
    Total Time 40 minutes
    Servings 6 servings
    Calories 701kcal

    INGREDIENTS

    INSTRUCTIONS

    • Brown sausage over medium heat in a Dutch oven or a large pot until cooked through. Using a slotted spoon, remove sausage from pot and set aside.
    • Heat extra virgin olive oil over medium high heat in the pot. Add onions, carrots, and celery to pot and saute until onions become translucent (about 4 – 5 minutes).
    • Add chicken broth, water, lentils, and potatoes to the pot, and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to medium-low, cover and cook for about 20 minutes. Add peeled and diced tomato, minced garlic and dried oregano. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Cook for another 10 minutes, or until the lentils are done.
    • Stir in the browned sausage to the lentil soup.
    • Just before serving, sprinkle some freshly chopped parsley.

    TIPS & NOTES

    • You can add in whatever other veggies you have to hand to make this soup, bell peppers or mushrooms make excellent additions.
    • You can use red lentils if you prefer, they will require a shorter cooking time and will have a more mushy texture.
    • If making ahead of time, let the soup cool fully before storing.
    • Make this lentil soup vegan by omitting the sausage, or use a plant-based alternative.

    NUTRITION

    Serving: 635g | Calories: 701kcal | Carbohydrates: 61.8g | Protein: 42.4g | Fat: 31.2g | Saturated Fat: 8.6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 22.6g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 64mg | Sodium: 1993mg | Fiber: 25.8g | Sugar: 5g
    Course Soup
    Cuisine Italian, Mediterranean
    Keyword green lentil soup, Italian soup with lentils, lentil and sausage soup recipe
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    Comments

    STEPHANIE

    When do you add the sausage back into the soup?

    Stephanie

    I don’t have fresh tomatoes. Can I use canned tomatoes instead?

    José Miguel

    Hi. Can I do the Italian lentil soup in the instant pot? If so, what would I need to change in the preparation or ingredients

    Gina

    5 stars
    Absolutely delicious! I doubled the recipe and subbed diced fennel for 1/2 the celery. Thanks for sharing!

      Neli | Delicious Meets Healthy

      SO glad you loved it, Gina!

    Karen

    5 stars
    forgot the rating!

    Karen

    I just made this – so delicious! Perfect for a winter’s night, thick and hearty, yum! The sausage definitely makes it. Thank you so much!

    Mitch

    When does the sausage go back in?

      Delicious Meets Healthy

      Mitch, I add the sausage back in the soup when the lentils are cooked and you are ready to serve. Hope you enjoy this soup!

    Sara @ Life's Little Sweets

    5 stars
    This soup looks amazing! Pinning for later to my soup board, it looks delicious, thank you for sharing this recipe!

    Ramona W

    Wow! This sounds delicious! I love hearty soups like this during winter! 🙂

    Anne Murphy

    I love lentil soup, and that sounds delicious!

    Christina

    Quick and comforting looking soup. Thanks for sharing!

      Delicious Meets Healthy

      Thanks, Christina!

    Rachel @ Simple Seasonal

    5 stars
    I’m a huge fan of lentil soup, but I always make it vegetarian style. The sausage in this really turns it into a meal. I’m going to have to try your version the next time I have lentil soup on the menu!

    Tania @ COOKTORIA

    5 stars
    Wow! What a wonderful and hearty soup! I will definitely try it in the nearest future! Pinned!!!

      Delicious Meets Healthy

      Thank you, Tania! Hope you enjoy it! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

    Noel

    i’ve been looking for a good lentil soup recipe. this looks wonderful.
    thanks for sharing this and tell your mom thanks too!!
    pinned for future use

      Delicious Meets Healthy

      Thank you! Glad you like it! Hope you give it a try soon!

    Kelly @ Mostly Homemade Mom

    That is a beautiful bowl of soup!

      Delicious Meets Healthy

      Thanks, Kelly! 🙂

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