Lentil soup flavored with sausage. Serve with Romano cheese sprinkled on top of each serving bowl.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
3 hrs
total:
3 hrs 15 mins
Servings:
10
Yield:
10 servings
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Ingredients

10
Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place sausage in a large pot. Cook over medium high heat until evenly brown. Add onion, celery and chopped garlic, and saute until tender and translucent. Stir in lentils, carrot, water, chicken broth and tomatoes. Season with garlic powder, parsley, bay leaves, oregano, thyme, basil, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat. Cover, and simmer for 2 1/2 to 3 hours, or until lentils are tender.

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  • Stir in pasta, and cook 15 to 20 minutes, or until pasta is tender.

Nutrition Facts

353 calories; protein 18.9g 38% DV; carbohydrates 50.2g 16% DV; fat 8g 12% DV; cholesterol 17.3mg 6% DV; sodium 1008.5mg 40% DV. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
01/11/2007
Made in CrockPot. Best soup I have ever made. I substituted Turkey Sausage and doubled it. Also I omited pasta and 2 cups of water. Browned Turkey, Onion, garlic, and celery then put everthing in crockpot except diced tomatoes. Cooked on high for 3 hours. Added tomatos and cooked on low for 4- 5 hours. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
01/04/2011
First let me say that I followed the recipe exactly. The flavor of the sausage was overwhelming all I could taste was the basil and sweetness of the sausage. And I don't know if the lentils I used were the wrong kind but they cooked into mush and I only cooked it for an hour. I used red lentils don't know if that made a difference got them from a health food store that sells them in bulk. My soup turned out very thick and mushy not what I was hoping for. I can't express enough how strong the sausage flavor was it was not very appetizing at all. I think it would have been better if I had used ham instead. Won't make again sorry. Read More
(13)
636 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 455
  • 4 star values: 143
  • 3 star values: 27
  • 2 star values: 9
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
01/11/2007
Made in CrockPot. Best soup I have ever made. I substituted Turkey Sausage and doubled it. Also I omited pasta and 2 cups of water. Browned Turkey, Onion, garlic, and celery then put everthing in crockpot except diced tomatoes. Cooked on high for 3 hours. Added tomatos and cooked on low for 4- 5 hours. Read More
(367)
Rating: 5 stars
10/09/2005
This was a very good recipe. The only changes I made were 1. salt to taste since others said it was too salty, 2. used 2 ribs of celery (instead of one), 3. used twice as much italian sausage (and used hot instead of sweet), 4. cut out the water and used chicken stock exclusively, 5. used crushed tomatoes with italian seasonings instead of diced, 6. cut up a 6 oz. bag of fresh spinach and let it cook along, and 7. added crushed red pepper since we like it spicy. It was very tasty and made a ton! We'll have leftovers for days... Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/10/2007
I love the sausage and lentil soup at Carrabb's Grill and always wish I would be able to get the recipe. Well, I thought this came extremely close. I served it with French Bread, huge hit in our home. Next time I will serve it in bread bowls. Thank you. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/13/2005
This soup turned out fantastic! It's almost exactly like Carabba's lentil & sausage soup. To kick it up I added about 1/4 tsp. of red pepper flakes and it spiced it up like the restaurant version. Will definitely pass on this recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/28/2007
This is one of our favorites. I chop the carrots instead of shred. I also use turkey sausage and nearly double the amt. I also add chopped kale or swiss chard to make it prettier and more nutritious. Excellent soup! Read More
(62)
Rating: 5 stars
03/06/2006
My husband really enjoyed this! I cooked it in my crockpot since I was out shopping all day. I used chorizo and andouille sausage which made it spicy. I used 6 c. of water. I used 2 ribs of celery. I used stewed tomatoes and pureed them in the blender. I could have used less salt. I did not add pasta as we are trying to eat lo-carb. Very tasty! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/01/2012
This is a hearty and satisfying “peasant-style” soup – delicious, aromatic and so easy to make with its few, simple ingredients. And for basically just pennies a serving! I prepared this for the Italian New Year tradition to eat lentils and pork sausage for prosperity and good luck for the coming year. I made half a recipe and it made a good-sized pot of soup. I used tomato sauce, put up from my garden, in place of the canned tomatoes. I had to add a fairly significant amount of both water and additional chicken broth while the soup cooked, as it continued to get thicker and thicker. While many additions or changes could be made if one felt compelled to, this can be prepared with confidence just as is. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/27/2008
Very good flavor lots of veggies that go well with the lentils. I did not dice the carrots but cut them in rounds. Like some of other reviewers I only needed to cook this for about one-and-a-half hours (one hour before I added the pasta then another 30 minutes after). Next time I might add a little red pepper to spice it up a little but it was a great flavor very filling very hearty. Read More
(43)
Rating: 5 stars
09/02/2006
This soup is wonderful! I double the amount of sausage and use the hot italian but that's just a matter of personal preference. Thanks for sharing! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
01/04/2011
First let me say that I followed the recipe exactly. The flavor of the sausage was overwhelming all I could taste was the basil and sweetness of the sausage. And I don't know if the lentils I used were the wrong kind but they cooked into mush and I only cooked it for an hour. I used red lentils don't know if that made a difference got them from a health food store that sells them in bulk. My soup turned out very thick and mushy not what I was hoping for. I can't express enough how strong the sausage flavor was it was not very appetizing at all. I think it would have been better if I had used ham instead. Won't make again sorry. Read More
(13)
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