Sausage Lentil Soup with Spinach
This delicious Sausage Lentil Soup with Spinach also has carrots, celery, garlic, spices, canned tomatoes, and cauliflower rice! And please don’t be concerned about the lentils, because this soup only has 7 net carbs per serving!
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Years ago I made Double Lentil, Sausage, Brown Rice, and Spinach Soup in the slow cooker on a day when my brother Rand happened to be in Utah for my dad’s 85th birthday party. Rand always likes to try out my cooking experiments when he’s visiting, and he loved that soup so much that when he went back home he asked if he could have the recipe before it was posted on the blog. And I think that original version of this soup is still something he enjoys making.
Now I’ve adapted that older soup recipe into this new recipe for Sausage Lentil Soup with Spinach, and if you use the link above to see the original recipe, you can probably tell why I wanted to make a lower-carb soup with those same flavors! For the new soup recipe I used more sausage, replaced the brown rice with cauliflower rice, and used a bit more spinach. I also made this into a stovetop soup so it used more chicken broth than the original soup, and those changes reduced the carbs down to 7 net carbs per serving!
This is a relatively long-cooking soup for a stovetop recipe, but I encourage you to simmer the soup on low and let it make your house smell great! If you’re a fan of making soup in the crockpot, you can also use the original slow cooker instructions linked above and adapt this new lower-carb recipe to be made in the slow cooker if you prefer.
What ingredients do you need?
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- Olive Oil (affiliate link)
- Minced Garlic (affiliate link)
- Dried Thyme (affiliate link)
- Spike Seasoning (affiliate link)
- chicken or turkey sausage
- petite diced tomatoes
- chicken broth
- brown lentils
- salt and pepper
- frozen cauliflower rice
- fresh spinach
- Balsamic Vinegar (affiliate link)
- Parmesan cheese to add at the table (optional)
What sausage did we use for the Sausage Lentil Soup with Spinach?
Some turkey or chicken sausage has added sugar, so watch for that if you don’t want extra carbs. We use Jenni-O Hardwood Smoked Turkey Kielbasa with only one carb per serving.
What if you don’t have balsamic vinegar?
If you don’t have balsamic vinegar you can use red wine vinegar in this soup. I might use slightly less and taste to see if you want the full amount.
How can you make this soup even lower in carbs?
If you want a version of the soup that’s even lower in carbs, switch the carrots for more celery, switch the lentils for another cup of cauliflower rice, and switch the balsamic vinegar for red wine vinegar. That will still be delicious if you use a flavorful sausage!
How to Make Sausage Lentil Soup:
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- We used Jenni-O Hardwood Smoked Turkey Sausage. Cut into pieces.
- Chop up the onion, carrot, and celery into small pieces,
- Heat olive oil over medium heat in a large heavy soup pot and cook the veggies about 2 minutes. Add garlic and dried spices and cook another couple of minutes.
- The add sausage pieces and cook about 3 minutes more.
- Measure out the lentils and add to the pot with canned tomatoes with juice, chicken broth, and salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste.
- Cook that on low heat for about 1 hours, or until the lentils are soft.
- Then add cauliflower rice) and cook 30 minutes.
- Chop the spinach if needed, baby spinach won’t need to be chopped much.
- Add Spinach and cook 20-30 more minutes.
- Then stir in 2 T balsamic vinegar, cook for about 5 minutes more and serve hot.
- This is especially good with parmesan cheese sprinkled over if desired.
More Low-Carb Soups with Sausage:
- Instant Pot Sausage and Kale Soup
- Instant Pot Sausage Soup with Pesto
- Instant Pot Zuppa Toscana Soup
- Slow Cooker Cabbage Soup with Sausage
- Low-Carb Stuffed Pepper Soup
Weekend Food Prep:
This recipe has been added to a category called Weekend Food Prep to help you find recipes you can prep or cook on the weekend and eat during the week!
Sausage Lentil Soup with Spinach
This delicious Sausage Lentil Soup with Spinach also has carrots, celery, garlic, spices, canned tomatoes, and cauliflower rice!
- 1 small onion
- 1 carrot, diced very small
- 2 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
- tsp. Spike seasoning2
- 14 oz. pre-cooked chicken or turkey sausage
- one 14.5 oz. can petite dice tomatoes
- 8 cups chicken broth (see notes)
- 1/2 cup brown lentils
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 cup cauliflower rice
- 5 oz. chopped fresh spinach
- 2 T balsamic vinegar
- Parmesan cheese to add at the table (optional)
- Chop the sausage into pieces about 1/4 - 1/2 inch wide.
- Dice onion, carrot and celery into small pieces.
- Heat olive oil in heavy soup pot, add veggies and saute until starting to soften, about 2 minutes.
- Add garlic, thyme, and Spike seasoning and cook about 2 minutes.
- Then add sausage pieces and cook about 3 minutes more.
- Add lentils, canned tomatoes, chicken broth, and salt and pepper to taste to the soup pot.
- Cook over low heat until lentils are soft, about one hour.
- Add frozen cauliflower rice and cook about 30 minutes more.
- Chop spinach if needed and add to soup pot and cook 20-30 minutes more.
- Stir in balsamic vinegar and simmer about 5 minutes.
- Serve hot, with Parmesan cheese if desired.
The soup would be amazing with homemade chicken stock if you have some.
Recipe created by Kalyn. New lower-carb version adapted with help from Kara.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 256Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 80mgSodium: 1452mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 3gSugar: 4gProtein: 24g
Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Switching the rice for cauliflower rice, using more sausage, and using more broth made this Sausage and Lentil Soup with Spinach into a soup with only 7 net carbs per serving. If it’s made with low-fat chicken or turkey sausage this could also be a great choice for phase 2 or 3 of the original South Beach Diet (or for any phase if you replace carrots with more celery).
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Historical Notes for this Recipe:
This recipe was posted in 2010. It was updated in 2021 with suggestions for making a lower-carb version and in 2023 the recipe was adapted into a low-carb soup.
51 Comments on “Sausage Lentil Soup with Spinach”
This is just the sort of "leftover soup" recipe I needed — I came across it on Yummly. Trying with leftover corned beef hash, chard from the CSA box, and leftover cooked white rice (so cutting down on the liquid a bit). Thank you for the inspiration and guidance on cooking times.
Glad you have enjoyed the recipe. I couldn't say for sure since I haven't tried it with kale, but in general kale will be a little more bulky after cooking and will take a little longer to cook.
if substituting kale for spinach would it be s straight out swap, time and quantity-wise? I've made this recipe with spinach many times. Some of us are vegetarians and so I use the Morningstar sausage crumbles (9oz) instead of sausage occassionally and we enjoy it equally as well.
Kelly, you would also have to skip the carrot to make it phase one. There are some other good phase one lentils soups in the recipe index (left side.)
If you took the rice out, would that make it phase 1???? I love lentil soup!
Julie, so glad you liked it.
really, really good! I wouldn't have made it if I didn't think that I would like it, but it still turned out to be a surprising amount of flavor for just a little bit of effort. I used no salt tomatoes and didn't add any salt for seasoning, and it was perfect!
Yes the rice is not cooked. (iPhone, sorry for short reply.)
Hi, just checking to make sure, you but the rice in uncooked, correct? And one hour in the crockpot is all it takes? Thanks!
So glad you liked it. My brother has become obsessed with this soup, and he's made several variations. Your blended version sounds good too.
I made the soup tonight. I used Turkey sausage as well but I pureed the lentil soup first, then added the sausage and 2 Tablespoons Gram Marsala. Wonderful on a cold winter evening!
Allison, so glad you liked it!
I put this together and let it cook in the crockpot while I was at work today – delicious! I used fresh italian goat sausage from the farmer's market and it was sooo good. Definitely making it again!
Brandon, so glad you like it. I will have to try that Harmon's sausage. And I agree, this would be good with kale.
We've made this three or four times already. Needless to say, we love it. I add some cumin and chipotle chili powder in with the spices. Try Harmon's own garlic chicken sausage. It's mild but adds great flavor. I also tried this soup with kale, and I prefer it. One of the best soups on the blog. Thanks, Kalyn!
Christeen, so glad you liked it.
I made a batch on the stovetop using some chipotle smoked sausage, and holy cow, it was just awesome! What a super recipe! I'm already looking forward to making it again.
Marc, I think your version sounds great! Spike is usually sold by health foods, but any seasoning blend you like the taste of can be substituted.
Delicious! We made this recently but had to make one change (can't find Spike, made up my own combo) and chose to use 1/2lb fresh chorizo and 1/2lb fresh chicken sausage instead of the packaged. Since I couldn't find Spike, I made up a combo of salt, fresh ground pepper, cumin, paprika, chili powder, and a little curry powder. I can't wait to make it again! Thank you.
Susan, I'm especially glad to hear it was a hit with the kids. Good to know that frozen spinach is good in this recipe too; I wondered about that.