Hearty Lentil & Italian Sausage Soup

21 Dec

Hearty Lentil & Italian Sausage Soup is this simple man`s plan for healthier eating today! Comforting, creamy, absolutely delicious & perfect for these chilly days & nights. Serve with a hunk of good bread & your set: Here`s what you`ll need:
Olive Oil & Butter- 1 Tbls each
1 lb Spicy Italian Sausage
Celery- 1 cup diced
Carrots- 1 cup diced
Onion- 1 cup diced
Leeks- 1/2 cup thinly sliced
Lentils- 1 1/2 cups
Chicken Stock- 1 1/2 quarts
Heavy Cream- 1 cup
Dijon Mustard- 1 Tbls
Red Wine Vinegar- 2 Tbls
Fresh Spinach- 2 cups chopped
Salt & Pepper to taste
Parmesan to garnish

 

Prep the veggies.

 

 

 

Heat a stock pot over medium high heat & brown the sausage breaking it up into small pieces. Remove from the pot using a slotted spoon leaving any juicy yumminess behind.

 

 

Add the carrots, celery, onion & leeks stir and cook 4-5 minutes.

 

 

Add the chicken stock & lentils, increase the heat to high & bring to a boil stirring occasionally so the lentils don`t stick. Cover, reduce heat to low & simmer 45 minutes until the lentils are cooked.

 

 

 

Stir in the mustard, red wine vinegar, cream, spinach & sausage. Bring back to a simmer & cook 15 minutes.

 

 

 

Season to taste with salt & pepper.

 

 

 

 

Remove to bowls & garnish with some shaved or grated parmesan.

 

 

 

Enjoy your Hearty Lentil & Italian Sausage Soup!!

 

Hearty Lentil & Italian Sausage Soup

Hearty Lentil & Italian Sausage Soup

Ingredients

  • Olive Oil & Butter- 1 Tbls each
  • 1 lb Spicy Italian Sausage
  • Celery- 1 cup diced
  • Carrots- 1 cup diced
  • Onion- 1 cup diced
  • Leeks- 1/2 cup thinly sliced
  • Lentils- 1 1/2 cups
  • Chicken Stock- 1 1/2 quarts
  • Heavy Cream- 1 cup
  • Dijon Mustard- 1 Tbls
  • Red Wine Vinegar- 2 Tbls
  • Fresh Spinach- 2 cups chopped
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • Parmesan to garnish

Instructions

  1. Prep the veggies.
  2. Heat a stock pot over medium high heat & brown the sausage breaking it up into small pieces. Remove from the pot using a slotted spoon leaving any juicy yumminess behind.
  3. Add the carrots, celery, onion & leeks stir and cook 4-5 minutes.
  4. Add the chicken stock & lentils, increase the heat to high & bring to a boil stirring occasionally so the lentils don`t stick.
  5. Cover, reduce heat to low & simmer 45 minutes until the lentils are cooked.
  6. Stir in the mustard, red wine vinegar, cream, spinach & sausage. Bring back to a simmer & cook 15 minutes.
  7. Season to taste with salt & pepper.
  8. Remove to bowls & garnish with some shaved or grated parmesan.
  9. Enjoy your Hearty Lentil & Italian Sausage Soup!!
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8 thoughts on “Hearty Lentil & Italian Sausage Soup

  1. I made this in lieu of black eyed peas, as i couldnt find any here. I doubled the recipe and it was a smashing success. Thank you!

    • Thanks Dannii, I have to say it`s one of my absolute favorites & I LOVE soup!! Lentils are a good addition in so many different dishes:))

    • Hi Tammy,
      You can use lentils in so many different things, salads, veggie burgers, lentil hummus or pate, add to risotto. Lentils can also be substituted for ground meat in many recipes for a vegetarian twist.
      Thanks always & Happy Holidays!!

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