Spicy Lentil Soup with Smoked Chicken Sausage

by jerseygirl on September 14, 2015 · 3 comments

lentil soupThere is a little chill in the air. This morning it was a sunny 52 degrees out. I love how it will still get in the 80’s during the day but cools way down by dinner time. This means low humidity and that it’s time to make a big pot of soup.

It’s been a while since a big pot of soup was simmering on my stove. I hardly ever make soup in the summer. It just doesn’t feel right. But even though fall doesn’t officially start until September 21st, I think it’s perfectly correct to make a pot of soup in September.

Soup is not the most glamorous meal to look at. I think this bowl might even be on the ugly side. But on a brisk morning, my instagram followers thought it looked good. The recipe is so easy I thought I should share.

sausage lentil soup bowl

This lentil soup was hearty, spicy and perfect to have on a Sunday afternoon for lunch while watching some football games. The best thing is that it’s healthy as there are lentils and veggies which are good for you. I used lean chicken Andouille sausage so the fat calories were much lower than a pork  sausage. But feel free to use any type of sausage you like.

Let’s get some more soup, stews and chili on the stove! What’s your favorite fall comfort food?

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Spicy Lentil Soup with Smoked Chicken Sausage
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Recipe type: soup
Cuisine: comfort food
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Serves: 6 servings
 
This comforting soup is hearty and spicy. Perfect for a meal in itself.
Ingredients
  • 1 TBS canola oil
  • 1 cup chopped onions
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 12 ounces chicken Andouille sausage (or another spicy sausage), cut into small bite size pieces
  • 8 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 16 ounces dried lentils, rinsed and sorted through
  • 2 cups water or more, if necessary
  • salt and pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. In a large stock pot, heat oil on medium heat and saute onions, celery, carrots and garlic for 10 minutes or until soft.
  2. Add sausage and cook for another few minutes until starting to brown.
  3. Add broth. Cover and bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
  4. Add lentils and 2 cups water. Bring to a simmer, cover with lid and cook on low for about 40 more minutes or until lentils are tender.
  5. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Add more water if soup is too thick.

 

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Adam J. Holland September 15, 2015 at 7:17 pm

Let’s get one thing straight — that bowl of soup is anything but ugly. In fact, that picture has caused me to have a hankering … and I’m in the Houston area, where heat and sticky weather are a way of life. As much as I like lentils, it’s been probably five years since I’ve cooked them. Shame on me and kudos to you!

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lisa keys September 22, 2015 at 10:11 am

looks so warm and hearty and I just so happen to have all the ingredients …looks like lentil soup for dinner tonight as there is a chill in the air–thank you

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plasterers bristol October 19, 2015 at 12:01 pm

This sounds lovely and really tasty. Thank you for sharing this.

Simon

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