Hearty Lentil Soup with Hot Italian Sausage & Spinach

Hearty Lentil Soup with Hot Italian Sausage & Spinach

8 reviews, 4.2 star(s). 88% would make again

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A hearty lentil soup made with spicy italian sausage and spinach. An original recipe from David's Table, http://davidstable.com


1 large onion; finely diced, about 2 cups
3 carrots; peeled and diced, about 1 cup
2-2 ribs celery; diced, about 1 cup
3 tablespoons olive oil
2-3 hot Italian chicken sausages; about 3/4 pound
1 1/3 cups lentils; rinsed and picked over
6 cups homemade chicken broth
2 cups water
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 cups baby spinach

Original recipe makes 6 Servings



In a heavy bottom 5 quart pot over medium heat, heat the oil and sauté onions, carrots and celery until softened but not browned, about 7-10 minutes. Add the sausages and break them up with spoon. Saute for three minutes until browned.

Add the lentils and stir to coat well. Heat for 1-2 minutes. Add chicken broth and water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer for at least 60 minutes, or up to 90 minutes, or until lentils are soft and tender throughout.

When the lentils are just right, add tomato paste, vinegar and pepper and stir thoroughly. Taste for salt, adding as needed. Turn off heat and add spinach, stirring until completely wilted.

Serve in wide, shallow bowls and garnish with croutons and shaved parmigiano-reggiano cheese. Goes great with a nice piece of crusty bread. Makes 8 starter or 6 entrees servings.


Use a really good homemade chicken stock. Don’t bother with canned or boxed soup. Make your own. If you don’t have a recipe, you can find many on the Internet. For more cooking tips and recipes, follow me at http://davidstable.com.

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Flavorful and hearty homemade lentil soup beats anything you can find in can.

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Delicious! I used Portuguese Chorico instead and added chunks of Sweet Potato, too. Sooo good!
12chica29 1y ago

What a wonderful and flavorful recipe! Will DEFINITELY make again. (Note: tomato paste is listed in the instructions but not in the ingredients. I used 2 Tbsp - was that about right?) And yes, homemade stock is the key to any good soup. I used a combination of chicken and turkey stock.
kazhmere 2y ago

After adding the exact amounts of liquid it was a little watery for me. I went ahead and added some brown rice and quinoa to the soup and it is good.
Purplelotusllc 2y ago

So delish. I make this every fall.
LindsayRose 3y ago

It was good. I added bell peppers instead of celery. Would be a great soup for those cold winter days.
Allycat413fishie 3y ago

This was so yummy. I added yellow bell peppers instead of carrots and celery and the flavor was amazing.
CP_88 4y ago

Very easy to make and cheap as it fed 5 of us. Mixed reaction, all was eaten but I found it rather bland and the celery over powered it. Sausages were delicious but I think it needed a bit more lick.
jojutsum 4y ago

I am enjoying this recipe, though I left out the spinach. It was easy to prepare and makes good left-overs.
natalieRE 4y ago

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