This hearty, Sausage Lentil Soup is a favorite, one-pot soup that will warm you down to your toes. Guaranteed. Incredibly flavorful, packed with veggies, and easy to prep. Yes, so perfect for a cozy day!
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large yellow onion, chopped
2 large garlic cloves, minced
3 carrots, chopped
3 celery stalks, chopped
1 pound Italian sausage (I like Sweet Italian Sausage
4 cups water
4 cups chicken broth
2 cups dry lentils
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
2 tablespoons tomato paste
2–3 cups fresh baby spinach leaves
Parmesan or mozzarella cheese
crushed red pepper flakes
Heat the olive oil in a large soup pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the onion, carrots, and celery; saute for 3 to 5 minutes, or until the vegetables begin to soften. Add the sausage and brown, breaking it up into bite-size pieces as it cooks. Then add the garlic, and saute another minute.
Into the soup pot, add the water, broth, dry lentils, thyme, cumin, and tomato paste; season with salt and pepper as needed. Bring the soup to a boil; reduce the heat to a simmer and cover. Cook the soup for 40 to 45 minutes, or until the lentils are soft. Taste to adjust the seasoning and add the spinach leaves. Stir until the spinach has wilted, 1 to 2 minutes. Ladle into bowls for serving. Garnish with Parmesan or mozzarella cheese and red pepper flakes to spice it up if desired.
Sausage: While I love Sweet Italian Sausage, spice it up with mild or hot sausage if you prefer.
Lentils: Both green and red lentils work equally well in this soup.
Keywords: Sausage Lentil Soup, Lentil Sausage Soup, Lentils