Lentil and Chicken Sausage Stew


Thick, hearty lentil and sausage soup (or stew?) with a little spiciness. Simple and delicious, very easy to make.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
50 mins
Additional Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 15 mins
4 servings


  • 3 cups water

  • 1 ½ cups dry brown lentils, rinsed and drained

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • ½ large yellow onion, diced

  • 6 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 ¾ cups low-sodium chicken broth, divided

  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon chili powder

  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

  • 3 medium plum tomatoes, diced

  • 5 links pre-cooked chicken sausage, cut into 1-inch cubes


  1. Bring water to a boil in a medium pot. Add lentils to the boiling water, then reduce heat to a simmer. Cover and let cook until soft, 25 to 30 minutes.

  2. Puree the lentils into a thick paste using a food processor or blender.

  3. Heat olive oil in large pot over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic; cook and stir, 1 to 2 minutes. Add 1/4 cup chicken broth and continue to cook until the onion starts to soften, 1 to 2 minutes more.

  4. Add turmeric, cumin, chili powder, and red pepper flakes to the broth and stir until the liquid is very orange. Stir in tomatoes and another 1/2 cup of broth. Cover and cook, 3 to 4 minutes.

  5. Add remaining broth. Gradually stir lentil puree, a little at a time, until it is all mixed in. The mixture should be thick and creamy. Stir in chicken sausage. Cover the pot, reduce heat to low, and cook, checking and stirring occasionally, 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from heat, let cool for 2 minutes, then serve warm.

Cook's Notes:

I've had great luck with Al Fresco(R) chicken sausage--jalapeno and garlic flavors both work well for this dish. Find one that works for you.

I haven't tried it, but this would almost definitely work well in a slow cooker.

Try with tofu and vegetable broth to make it vegan.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

495 Calories
14g Fat
54g Carbs
36g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 495
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 4g 19%
Cholesterol 68mg 23%
Sodium 1020mg 44%
Total Carbohydrate 54g 20%
Dietary Fiber 24g 84%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 36g
Vitamin C 13mg 65%
Calcium 72mg 6%
Iron 6mg 36%
Potassium 896mg 19%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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