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Crockpot Double Lentil, Sausage, Brown Rice, and Spinach Soup

This delicious Crockpot Double Lentil, Sausage, Brown Rice, and Spinach Soup can also be made in a pan on the stove! Use Soup Recipes to find more tasty soups like this one.

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Crockpot (or Stovetop) Recipe for Double Lentil, Sausage, Brown Rice, and Spinach Soup found on KalynsKitchen.com

A few weeks ago I made this Crockpot Double Lentil, Sausage, Brown Rice, and Spinach Soup on a day when my brother Rand happened to be in Utah visiting for my dad’s 85th birthday party. Rand always likes to try out my leftover cooking experiments when he’s visiting, and he loved this soup so much that when he went back home he asked if he could have the recipe *before* it was posted on the blog. I’m always in debt to Rand for the beautiful graphics he creates for the blog, so of course I was only too happy to send off the recipe by e-mail. Rand made the soup for friends in L.A. who also want the recipe now, so I decided I better hurry and get it posted!

If you’re a fan of making soup in the crockpot, this is a great recipe to cook on the weekend when you’re busy doing other things. But if you don’t have a crockpot, check the end of the recipe for instructions of how to make this on the stove.


Crockpot (or Stovetop) Recipe for Double Lentil, Sausage, Brown Rice, and Spinach Soup found on KalynsKitchen.com

Saute the diced onion, carrot, and celery in a little olive oil, then saute the veggies with the dried spices and garlic before you add it to the crockpot. I think this extra step adds a lot of flavor to crockpot soups. Cut up 3 pre-cooked sausages into bite sized pieces and add to crockpot. (I used  Aidell’s Artichoke and Garlic Chicken Sausage for my soup, but any type of pre-cooked chicken or turkey sausage will work.)

Then add canned tomatoes with juice, chicken stock, brown lentils, red lentils, and salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste. Cook that on high for 2-3 hours, or until the brown lentils are soft and the red lentils are starting to dissolve. Then add 1/4 cup uncooked brown rice and 4 cups chopped fresh spinach. (I used Uncle Ben’s Brown Rice.)

Cook that for about an hour longer. Then stir in 2 T balsamic vinegar, cook for about 15 minutes more and serve hot. This is good with parmesan cheese sprinkled over if desired.

Crockpot (or Stovetop) Recipe for Double Lentil, Sausage, Brown Rice, and Spinach Soup found on KalynsKitchen.com

More Tasty Soups with Lentils:

Turkish Red Lentil Soup with Sumac from eCurry
Curried Lentil Soup with Cilantro from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Lentil Soup with Spinach and Sausage from A Dash of Sass
Vegetarian Lentil Soup with Spinach, Tomatoes, and Cumin from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Heart Lentil Soup with Carrots, Tomatoes, and Smoked Sausage from Farmgirl Fare

Weekend Food Prep:

This recipe has been added to a new category called Weekend Food Prep  to help you find recipes you can prep or cook on the weekend and eat during the week!

Crockpot Double Lentil, Sausage, Brown Rice, and Spinach Soup

This delicious Crockpot Double Lentil, Sausage, Brown Rice, and Spinach Soup can also be made in a pan on the stove!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 onion, diced very small
  • 1 carrot, diced very small
  • 2 large stalks celery, diced very small
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1 T minced garlic (from a jar, use less if fresh garlic)
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1 tsp. Spike seasoning
  • 3 links pre-cooked chicken or turkey sausage, diced in 1/4-1/2 inch pieces, or use more sausage if you want a lower-carb soup
  • 1 can petite dice tomatoes with juice
  • 6 cups chicken stock (or 4 cans chicken broth)
  • 1/4 cup brown lentils
  • 1/4 cup red lentils
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup long-grain brown rice
  • 4 cups chopped fresh spinach
  • 2 T balsamic vinegar

Directions:

  1. Dice onion, carrot and celery.
  2. Heat olive oil in heavy frying pan, add veggies and saute until starting to soften, about 3-4 minutes.
  3. Add garlic, thyme, and Spike seasoning and saute about 2 minutes more, then add veggies to crockpot.
  4. Add diced chicken sausage, canned tomatoes, chicken stock, brown lentils, red lentils, and salt and pepper to crockpot and cook on high about 3 hours (or until brown lentils are soft and red lentils are starting to dissolve.)
  5. Add brown rice (I like Uncle Ben’s brown rice) and chopped spinach and cook about 1 hour more.
  6. Stir in balsamic vinegar and cook 15 minutes.
  7. Serve hot, with Parmesan cheese if desired.

Stove-Top Recipe Instructions:

  1. Use at least 1 cup more stock or chicken broth for stove-top cooking.
  2. Heat oil in a heavy soup pot, then saute vegetables, garlic, and seasonings as above.
  3. Add diced chicken sausage, canned tomatoes, chicken stock, brown lentils, red lentils, and salt and pepper and simmer over low heat for about 45 minutes, or until lentils are soft.
  4. Add brown rice and chopped spinach and simmer about 30 minutes more, or until rice is soft. (Check to see if you need to add a little more liquid when you add the rice and spinach.)
  5. Stir in balsamic vinegar and simmer about 5 minutes more.
  6. Serve hot, with Parmesan cheese if desired.

Notes:

Equipment:
I used a 3.5-Quart Crock-Pot Slow Cooker (affiliate link) for this recipe.

(I used Aidell’s Artichoke and Garlic Chicken Sausage.

Recipe created by Kalyn.

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Using low-fat chicken or turkey sausage and low-glycemic ingredients like lentils and brown rice makes this Crockpot Double Lentil, Sausage, Brown Rice, and Spinach Soup a great choice for phase 2 or 3 of the South Beach Diet, although it’s too high in carbs for traditional low-carb diet plans. (I haven’t tried it, but I’m guessing you could make a pretty tasty soup with this recipe by using only lentils, adding more sausage, and leaving out the carrots and brown rice if you wanted a lower carb option.)

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    44 Comments on “Crockpot Double Lentil, Sausage, Brown Rice, and Spinach Soup”

  1. Have you tried making this in a pressure cooker? If so, how long would you recommend?

    • I haven’t tried it and I’m afraid I’m not enough of an expert to take a guess at it. I’d try googling Instant Pot Lentil and Brown Rice soup to get tips for cooking both those together if there are any similar recipes out there. And definitely add the spinach at the very end. Love to hear how it works if you try it!

  2. Kale will be fine, it just takes a little longer to cook than spinach. But in a soup like this that won't be a problem.

  3. Has anyone used kale instead of spinach in this recipe?