Lentil Sausage Soup Recipe

Lentil sausage soup recipe

There is a crispness in the air that makes me want to make soup again. It’s been a looong summer for a soup-lover like myself!

It should come as no surprise that lentils are a staple for the budget cook. One bag of dried lentils – good for many, many meals – costs less than $2.00.

The trick is coming up with creative and healthy ways to prepare them.

Besides soup – like this lentil-sausage soup I made the other day – there are many other ways to eat lentils:

For this cheap soup recipe, I used one Jalapeño Chicken Sausage link from a bag of four from Trader Joe’s.

I use these pre-cooked sausage links for all sorts of things, from soups to hot dishes to pizza. One package costs about $4.00 – but since I only used one, the meat component in this recipe only cost $1.00.

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Lentil Sausage Soup
Yield: 4 cups or 2 bowls of soup

Lentil Sausage Soup

Use brown lentils or French lentils for this recipe. Red lentils tend to get really soft and fall apart in soups. Don't season the soup until the end. Adding salt to the lentils while they are cooking can make them tough.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • Olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 carrot, peeled and chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 cups water
  • 2/3 cup brown or French lentils
  • 2 cups water + 1 chicken bouillon cube (or 1 can of chicken broth plus 1 cup of water)
  • Juice from one lemon
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 1 pre-cooked chicken sausage link, chopped into small pieces
  • Cayenne pepper, to taste
  • Garlic powder, to taste
  • Salt, to taste


In a large saucepan over medium heat, sauté onion and carrots in olive oil for about three minutes. Add garlic and cook for an additional 30 seconds or so. Add two cups of water and lentils. Cook for about 15 minutes, or until lentils are tender. Add a bit more water if the pan goes dry before lentils are fully cooked.

Add additional water and boullion cubes (or chicken broth). Add sausage, lemon juice, tomato, and spices. Simmer for five minutes or longer, until ready to serve. Top with chopped scallions and tomatoes, if desired.

5 Responses to “Lentil Sausage Soup Recipe”

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    Erin — September 13, 2012 @ 2:58 pm

    Lentils are an amazing addition to a pantry for many reasons. They are an absolute staple in my world. This looks right up my alley and I will definitely be trying it soon.

    Erin – ekcantcook.blogspot.com

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    Eileen — September 13, 2012 @ 4:40 pm

    Lentils and sausage are such a classic combination! I love the simplicity of this soup. 🙂

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    CJ @ Morsels of Life — September 18, 2012 @ 1:46 am

    I have some sausage and lentils, and thanks to you, I know exactly how I’m going to use them! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    • Haley replied: — September 19th, 2012 @ 3:37 am

      Awesome! A well-stocked pantry is a great thing 🙂

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    Abigail — September 18, 2012 @ 2:31 pm

    Thanks for the tip on the Trader Joe’s sausage! I’m always on the lookout for new delicious precooked meat.

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