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 25mins
Cook Time 50mins
Total Time 1hr15mins
Author Hostess At Heart
1 1/2cupslentilsI used organic green
6 to 8cupsof stockvegetable, turkey, chicken.
1lbground sausageI used medium spice
4stalks of celerysliced thinly
Crushed red pepperoptional
Olive or Canola oil
salt and pepper
Garnishes chopped cilantroyogurt, diced avocado, fresh tomatoes as desired
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.
Ground spices can be used instead of roasting and grinding your own seeds. *A coffee filter works great to drain ground meat.
This recipe was calculated using the exact brands and measurements I used to make this recipe. If you are following a strict diet please note changing anything will cause the nutritional info to change. My calculations are intended as a guide only.