Slow Cooker Lentil Soup with Smoked Sausage and Tomatoes

Lentil soup with sausage.
Lentil soup with sausage. Diana Rattray
  • 7 hrs 20 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins,
  • Cook: 7 hrs
  • Yield: 8 to 10 Servings
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Spicy sausage makes this a hearty lentil soup. Use chicken and apple sausage, andouille, or your own favorite smoked sausage in this soup.

This makes a big batch of soup for a big family or party, or freeze a batch for later.

What You'll Need

  • 1 pound lentils
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1 cup diced carrot
  • 2 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
  • 12 ounces​ smoked sausage, chicken,​ andouille, turkey sausage, or other
  • 6 cups​ chicken broth
  • 2 cans (14.5 ounces each) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 cups chopped fresh spinach  (or Swiss chard or kale)
  • Juice of 1 lemon, about 2 tablespoons
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • Salt, to taste

How to Make It

  1. Rinse the lentils and drain them thoroughly.
  2. Combine all ingredients, except salt, in a 5 to 7-quart slow cooker.
  3. Cover and cook on LOW for 6 to 8 hours, until lentils and vegetables are tender.
  4. If desired, puree some of the soup in a blender to thicken. Or, use an immersion blender and blend until you reach the consistency you desire.
  5. Taste and season with salt, as needed.

 

 

Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 300
Total Fat 8 g
Saturated Fat 3 g
Unsaturated Fat 3 g
Cholesterol 18 mg
Sodium 713 mg
Carbohydrates 41 g
Dietary Fiber 7 g
Protein 19 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)