Lentil Soup With Spinach and Spicy Sausage

Lentil Soup With Spinach and Spicy Sausage

The Spruce / Diana Chistruga

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 75 mins
Total: 90 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
497 Calories
19g Fat
57g Carbs
28g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 497
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19g 25%
Saturated Fat 6g 29%
Cholesterol 37mg 12%
Sodium 1501mg 65%
Total Carbohydrate 57g 21%
Dietary Fiber 10g 36%
Protein 28g
Calcium 200mg 15%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This delicious lentil soup is made with spicy smoked sausage and spinach, along with a Cajun or Creole seasoning blend and diced tomatoes. The soup is a wonderful combination of ingredients.

If you like a lighter soup, consider using chicken or turkey smoked sausage or kielbasa. Or use leftover diced ham instead of sausage.

This lentil soup cooks relatively quickly on the stovetop. If you prefer a soup that cooks all day in the slow cooker, take a look at this crock pot lentil soup with bacon.

Enjoy the soup with freshly baked cornbread or Southern buttermilk biscuits. Or serve it with a crusty baguette.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup onions (chopped)
  • 1 rib celery (diced)
  • 1 large carrot (diced)
  • 8 to 12 ounces spicy andouille sausage, chicken apple sausage, or another smoked sausage, thinly sliced
  • 1 large clove garlic (minced)
  • 1 cup lentils (rinsed)
  • 1 teaspoon Cajun or Creole seasoning blend
  • dash cayenne pepper (or to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried leaf thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 5 cups chicken broth
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes
  • Salt (to taste)
  • 6 to 8 ounces chopped fresh spinach

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Lentil Soup With Spinach and Spicy Sausage ingredients

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  2. In a large saucepan or Dutch oven over medium heat, saute the onions, celery, and carrots in the olive oil until onion is tender.

    sauté the onions, celery, and carrots in the olive oil

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  3. Add the sausage slices and cook to lightly brown.

    sausage and vegetables in a pan

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  4. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute longer.

    garlic added to sausage and vegetables

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  5. Add the lentils, seasoning blend, cayenne, thyme, pepper, chicken broth, and tomatoes; bring to a boil.

    lentils, seasoning blend, cayenne, thyme, pepper, chicken broth, and tomatoes added to the vegetables and sausage mixture

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  6. Reduce heat to low, cover, and continue cooking for 1 hour, or until lentils are tender.

    cook the soup on low heat

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  7. Add salt, to taste, and spinach.

    spinach and sauce added to the soup

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  8. Cover and continue cooking for 10 to 15 minutes longer. Serve and enjoy!

    Lentil Soup With Spinach and Spicy Sausage in a pot

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