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Lentil Soup with Sausage and Roasted Red Pepper

Lentil Soup with Sausage and Roasted Red Pepper is one of my favorite soups, and I love how spicy Italian Sausage adds flavor to this soup!

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Lentil Soup with Sausage and Roasted Red Pepper finished soup in serving bowls

Right now the entire east coast of the U.S. is snowed in, so it seems like soup is a good menu choice for lots of people. And even though there’s not snow at my house I’m glad I just updated the photos and I have some of this Lentil Soup with Sausage and Roasted Red Pepper in the freezer!

I did change the recipe slightly for this update, using a whole package (19.5 oz.) of turkey Italian sausage which makes this a more carb-conscious recipe. Lentils are high in fiber too, so I think this soup would be a good choice for most carb-conscious eaters with that change, although it’s probably not suitable for people who are strictly limiting carbs.  And more sausage, mmm.  I love all the flavors in this soup, hope you enjoy.

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How to Make Lentil Soup with Sausage and Roasted Red Pepper:

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  1. Brown the sausage well and put it in the soup pot. I recommend gluten-free Jenni-O Turkey Italian Sausage for this soup, but use pork sausage if you prefer. Use either sweet or hot Italian sausage, whichever you prefer.
  2. Then brown the onions and add to the soup pot with the chicken stock, lentils, ground fennel, thyme, and sage.  
  3. Drain the roasted red peppers while the soup simmers until the lentils are tender, about 45 minutes.
  4. When the lentils are tender, chop the roasted red pepper and add to the soup.
  5. Then let soup let it simmer about 45 minutes more, or until lentils are as soft as you prefer and flavors are well blended.
  6. Season with salt and fresh-ground black pepper and serve hot.

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Vegan Mexican Red Lentil Soup with Lime and Cilantro ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Lentil Soup with Parmesan and Smoked Sausage ~ The Wicked Noodle

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Lentil Soup with Sausage and Roasted Red Pepper finished soup in serving bowls

Lentil Soup with Sausage and Roasted Red Pepper

Yield 6 servings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes

Lentil Soup with Sausage and Roasted Red Pepper is one of my favorite lentil soups, and this makes a great cold weather meal.


  • 1 package (19.5 oz.) turkey Italian Sausage (see notes)
  • 2 tsp. olive oil (or more, depending on your pan)
  • 1 onion, diced into small pieces
  • 1 cup brown lentils
  • 6 cups homemade chicken stock (see notes)
  • 2 tsp. ground fennel (do not leave out)
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1 tsp. rubbed sage (dried)
  • 1 12 oz. jar roasted red peppers


  1. Heat olive oil in heavy frying pan, add Italian sausage and brown well, breaking sausage into pieces as it cooks. (I like to use an old-fashioned Potato Masher (affiliate link) to break the meat apart.)
  2. Add sausage to soup pot.
  3. In same pan, adding more oil if needed, brown onions until softened and barely starting to brown.
  4. Add onions to soup pot.
  5. Rinse out pan with 1 cup homemade chicken stock , then add to soup pot along with rest of stock, lentils, ground fennel, thyme, and sage.
  6. Cook at lowest possible simmer for about 45 minutes, until lentils are softened, but still holding their shape.
  7. Drain the roasted red peppers while the soup simmers, then chop into pieces about 1/2 inch square.
  8. Add red pepper to soup and cook about 45 minutes more (adding a little more stock or water if needed), until some lentils are starting to fall apart and all flavors are well blended.
  9. Season with salt and fresh ground black pepper and serve hot.


Use turkey or pork Italian sausage. whichever you prefer. Use sweet or hot Italian sausage. If you don't have homemade stuck, use 3 cans chicken broth plus a little water.

Recipe created by Kalyn.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 219Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 439mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 4gSugar: 8gProtein: 12g

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.

If you make this recipe I'd love to hear how it turns out. Leave a star rating or share on social media with the hashtag #KALYNSKITCHEN, thanks!

Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
With turkey Italian Sausage, this would be acceptable for any phase of the oroginal South Beach Diet and it’s also great for other low-glycemic eating plans. Lentils are considered a “good carb” for South Beach, but limit them to a small serving for phase one. Even though there’s a generous amount of sausage in this soup, lentils are probably too high in carbs for it to be considered a low-carb soup. You could use less lentils and more sausage if you wanted a soup that was lower in carbs, and use pork Italian Sausage if you prefer

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Historical Notes for This Recipe:
This delicious lentil soup was first posted in 2007 for Peabody’s virtual housewarming party and I’ve enjoyed it many times since then.  Photos were updated January 2015, and the recipe was last updated in 2020.

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    33 Comments on “Lentil Soup with Sausage and Roasted Red Pepper”

  1. Kayln you are an inspiration to my cooking healthy AND delicious for my family. Many, many thanks.

  2. I made this tonight and it was delicious. Thanks Kalyn for coming up with this recipe.

  3. Now you’ve also got ME thinking “must make soup now” – preferably THIS soup!

  4. The picture makes crave lentil soup right now! It’s not remotely cold here but I don’t mind cranking the AC jsut to have an excuse to eat some. Oh wait, it’scoldat Pea’s house! Then, that soup is mine,ahahahah!!!

  5. I’m such a sucker for soup. I love the sound of this sausage and pepper combo in a warming soupy bowlfull.

  6. Yes! This could easily become part of my repertoire, once I get off the current round of meetings and events that is keeping me out of the kitchen.

  7. This looks amazing – I can’t wait to try!

  8. How perfect for a housewarming! And even Dallas is getting close to soup weather and lentil must be my favorite. I’ll use Whole Foods Hot Italian Chicken Sausage and maybe an extra roasted red pepper!

  9. Your soup would be the perfe4ct comfort food Kalyn. We had our first snow storm of the season on Friday. Since then it has been raining, snowing, hailing…you name it….soup is needed now!

  10. All those baking types…we sound like a gang of bikers 🙂
    Oh yes, this soup sounds good right about now. Sadly we went from that beautiful snow to tons and tons of rain…so much that we broke records…lucky us.

  11. although there is no snow in here, I’m still longing for this soup… actally I’m gonna make it this afternoon. Thanks Kalyn!

  12. I just started SBD on Saturday, so far so good. This looks like a great soup!


  13. This soup sounds really tasty. I need to start using lentils more often.

  14. Thanks everybody for the nice comments. I love my new title: The Gourmet Soup Queen. Seriously, I do love making soup, just making it up as I go(have to force myself to write down the recipes.

  15. I love every lentil soup I’ve ever come across, and I’m looking forward to adding this version to my repertoire. Thanks for the wonderful recipe — perfect for the cold weather we’re having in New England.

  16. I swear you’re like the gourmet soup queen, always coming up with these tasty combos.

  17. Kalyn, this looks quite fabulous! And with all those flavours, I can imagine it would be beautifully fragrant and tasty too 🙂

    Ellie @ Kitchen Wench

  18. Mariekie, no, I’m from Utah. The box of oatmeal you’re talking about was photographed at Alanna Kellogg’s house in St. Louis, but I’m not sure where she got it. As far as I know she hasn’t been to South Africa, but I know she does shop at an import store so she might have gotten it there.

  19. Looking at a picture for an oatmeal recipe on your Blog, I am wondering if you are from South Africa? That Jungle Oatmeal is so South African!!!!!!

  20. Oh that looks heavenly! 🙂