Sausage & Lentil Soup

Lentil soup has to be one of my most favorite soups on the planet.  Not only is it absolutely delicious, but it is so unbelievable good for you.  Legumes are rich in fiber so this soup will fill you up and serve as a more healthy option on chilly nights when you might reach for something not so good for you.

I like lentil soup in a variety of ways:  I sometimes add spinach and celery.  This recipe with sausage is a real winner.  It brings a whole different level to this hearty and glorious soup.  

Try it out.  It also freezes really well, so feel free to make a big pot and portion it out for a quick lunch or dinner on busy nights!  

Sausage & Lentil Soup


Prep Time:  15 minutes
Cook Time:  2 hours
Serves:  6-8

Ingredients:
1 bag brown lentils
1 ½ TBSP salt
8 cups of water
2 TBSP Extra virgin olive oil
1 lb sweet Italian sausage
1 onion, diced finely
3 carrots, peeled and diced finely
2 cloves, garlic minced
1 28 oz can of diced tomatoes
½ TBSP black pepper
½ tsp dried basil
1 bay leaf

Method:

In a large soup pot pour 8 cups of water and 1 ½ TBSP of salt.  Rinse lentils with cold water and add to the water and salt mixture.

Place a lid on the pot and heat over medium low heat for 1 hour.

In a skillet over medium high heat, add 2 TBSP extra virgin olive oil until heated thoroughly.  Add in sausage and cook about halfway through.  Try to get nice crispy brown spots on the sausage to add flavor! 

Add onion, carrots and garlic to the sausage and sauté until onions are translucent and carrots have tenderized a bit. 

Reduce lentil mixture to low heat, add the sausage and veggie mixture and the diced tomatoes.  Stir in the black pepper and dried basil.  Drop in the bay leaf, pop the lid on and cook for about another hour on low heat, stirring occasionally.

Before serving, remove bay leaf. 

Enjoy, and get your asses in the kitchen!!

Krissi Biasiello is a native of South Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Cooking since she was a little girl with her large Italian family, she decided to leave her paralegal job and shoot for the stars on FOX’s cooking competition show, MasterChef.  She beat out 43,000 homecooks across America and came in 4th place.  Under the scrutiny of Gordon Ramsay, Graham Elliot and Joe Bastianich, Krissi has made her mark in the culinary world.  She now shares her recipes with all of you!  Her rustic, homestyle take on everything will win you over and will definitely “get your asses in the kitchen”. 

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