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Lentil Sausage Soup

This Lentil Sausage Soup recipe is a delicious high protein soup that takes less than an hour to make but tastes like it took all day.
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Servings 12
Author Hostess At Heart

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups lentils I used organic green
  • 6 to 8 cups of stock vegetable, turkey, chicken.
  • 1 lb ground sausage I used medium spice
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 4 carrots sliced thinly
  • 4 stalks of celery sliced thinly
  • 1 large onion diced
  • 1 tbsp cumin seed*
  • 1 tsp coriander seed*
  • 1 tsp fennel seed*
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Crushed red pepper optional
  • Olive or Canola oil
  • salt and pepper
  • Garnishes chopped cilantro yogurt, diced avocado, fresh tomatoes as desired

Instructions

  • Rinse lentils in a fine mesh strainer and drain.
  • Brown sausage in a skillet drizzled with olive or canola oil. Remove sausage to a **paper towel to drain, but leave drippings in the pan.
  • Saute lentils in the sausage drippings for a couple of minutes. Remove them to a 6-quart saucepan.
  • Combine lentils with 6 cups of stock and add bay leaf. Bring to a boil for 5 minutes. Cover and allow reduce to a simmer for 40 minutes.
  • While lentils cook, In the skillet that sausage cooked in, add 1 or 2 teaspoons of olive or canola oil if no drippings remain. Add Carrots, celery, and onion. Salt and pepper. Saute until they begin to soften.
  • In a small pan, roast fennel, cumin, and coriander seed until fragrant. Grind in a spice or coffee grinder.
  • Add spices, crushed red pepper, if using, and garlic to sauteed vegetables. Cook for another minute.
  • Using an immersion blender, blend lentils lightly. You still want whole lentils visible. Blending thickens the soup.
  • Combine sausage and vegetables with lentils. Cover with additional stock to get the desired thickness. Salt and pepper to taste. Heat through. Remove bay leaf.
  • Serve with chopped cilantro and a dollop of yogurt and other garnishes as desired.

Notes

Ground spices can be used instead of roasting and grinding your own seeds.
*A coffee filter works great to drain ground meat.

Nutrition

Calories: 217kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 268mg | Potassium: 444mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 3500IU | Vitamin C: 3.8mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 2.7mg
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