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Sausage, Lentil, and Tomato Soup

Sausage, Lentil, and Tomato Soup is so tasty and this easy soup recipe is just spicy enough to be interesting! If you limit serving size this is probably lower in net carbs than you think, but use less lentils and more sausage if you want a soup that’s even lower in carbs.

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Sausage, Lentil, and Tomato Soup finished soup in bowl

Today I was especially happy that I have some of this Sausage, Lentil, and Tomato Soup in the freezer, because I woke up to snow on the ground. I loved how this soup turned out, and I remembered how I’d made the soup a couple of times to get the recipe just right, upping the the amount of spices, sausage, and tomatoes and decreasing the lentils in the final version.

In fact, this might be the best lentil soup I’ve ever made! Of course, I love, love lentil soup, and lentils are one of The World’s Healthiest Foods. And they have the kind of slow-digesting carbs that some diets consider to be “good carbs.” Of course, you can use a lot more sausage and less lentils to make this a lower-carb soup if you prefer. If you’re someone who’s still undecided about lentils, I challenge you to try this soup and I’m betting you’ll become a lentil fan!

Spicy Sausage, Lentil, and Tomato Soup process shots collage

How to Make Sausage, Lentil, and Tomato Soup:

(Scroll down for complete printable recipe.)

  1. Heat olive oil, then saute celery and onions for about 5 minutes, until they’re just starting to brown.  Then add garlic and saute about 1 minute; then add dried spices and saute 1 minute more.
  2. Put the onion mixture into the soup pot, heat 2 tsp. more olive oil and saute the turkey Italian sausage until it’s nicely browned, then add sausage to the soup pot.
  3. Deglaze the pan with 2 cups of the chicken stock, scraping up all the browned bits of sausage, then add this to the soup pot.
  4. Add the rest of the chicken stock, diced tomatoes, dried lentils, and bay leaves to the soup pot and let the soup simmer on low for about one hour.
  5. Here’s how the soup looked after an hour, with the lentils cooked enough that they are soft when you bite into one.
  6. When the soup has cooked one hour (or when lentils are soft) remove about 1/3 of the soup and puree it with an immersion blender, food processor, or blender. 
  7. (I used my Immersion Blender (affiliate link) in this giant 8 cup glass measuring cup, which was easy.  Be careful with the hot soup if you use a food processor or blender.)
  8. Add the pureed soup back into the pot and cook for 30-45 minutes more, until the soup is as thick as you’d like it.
  9. Here’s how my soup looked after simmering about 40 minutes more.  It’s not the most photogenic soup I’ve made, but definitely one of the best tasting!

More Lentils Soups I’d Love:

Slow Cooker Greek Lentil Soup from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Armenian Red Lentil Soup from Soup Chick
Mexican Red Lentil Stew from Kalyn’s Kitchen

Sausage, Lentil, and Tomato Soup finished soup in bowl

Sausage, Lentil, and Tomato Soup

Yield 8 servings
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes

This Sausage, Lentil, and Tomato Soup is so tasty and easy to make.


  • 2 tsp. + 2 tsp. olive oil (or more, depending on your pan)
  • 1 onion, chopped small
  • 1 cup finely diced celery
  • 1 T minced garlic (or less, but I like a lot of garlic in this)
  • 1/2 tsp. hot red pepper flakes (more or less to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1 tsp. dried Greek or Turkish oregano (see notes)
  • 1 tsp. ground fennel seed (optional, but this really adds to the flavor)
  • one 19.5 oz. package hot turkey Italian Sausage
  • 8 cups chicken broth (see notes)
  • 3 cans  petite dice tomatoes with juice (14.5 oz. can)
  • 1 1/2 cups dried brown lentils
  • 2 dried bay leaves
  • salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
  • chopped fresh parsley for garnish (optional)


  1. Heat 2 tsp. olive oil, add chopped onion and celery and saute until it’s just starting to brown, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add minced garlic and saute 1 minute more, then add red pepper flakes, dried thyme, dried oregano, and ground fennel seed and saute 1 minute more.
  3. Put onion mixture into large soup pot.
  4. Add 2 tsp. more olive oil, squeeze turkey sausage out of casings and cook until the sausage is nicely browned, breaking it apart with a metal turner as it cooks.  (You may need a bit more olive oil if you don’t use a non-stick pan.)
  5. Add browned sausage to soup pot, then deglaze the pan with 2 cups of the chicken stock or broth, scraping the browned sausage bits off the bottom of the pan, and add that to soup pot.
  6. Add the rest of the chicken stock or broth, diced tomatoes and juice, dried lentils, and bay leaves to the soup pot.
  7. Heat soup until it’s barely boiling, then reduce heat and simmer on low for about 1 hour or until lentils are soft when you bite into one.
  8. When lentils are soft, remove about 1/3 of soup mixture and use an immersion blender, food processor, or blender to puree the mixture until it’s very smooth, about 2 minutes.  (Be very careful with the hot soup if you use a food processor or blender.)
  9. Add pureed mixture back into the soup left in the pot, stir to combine, and simmer on low for 30-45 minutes more, until soup is as thick as you’d like it.  (The longer you cook it the thicker it will get.)
  10. Taste soup, season to taste with salt and fresh ground black pepper, and serve hot, garnished with chopped parsley if desired.


Regular oregano will work for this soup, but don’t use Mexican oregano. I would use homemade chicken stock for this recipe if I had some, but you can use 5 cans chicken broth; 14.5 oz. can, and freeze the extra 8 oz. or just simmer the soup a bit longer to reduce it.

This soup freezes well, so you might want to make a double batch and freeze some for lunches to take to work.

Recipe adapted from Sausage and Lentil Soup at The Joy of Soup.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 239Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 72mgSodium: 1510mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 4gSugar: 6gProtein: 23g

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:
Dried beans and lentils are low-glycemic ingredient that’s approved for any phase of the original South Beach Diet, but for phase one the serving size is limited to 1/3 to 1/2 cup. Since this soup has a generous amount of sausage and tomatoes in proportion to the lentils, you can have a larger serving than you could for some bean soups, but I would still limit the portion size to a small bowl if you’re trying to lose weight. If you’re following another low-carb plan, use more sausage and less lentils to make this lower in carbs, but this can never be a truly low-carb soup..

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    63 Comments on “Sausage, Lentil, and Tomato Soup”

  1. Eross, glad you are enjoying the blog.

    I chose the South Beach Diet to manage my weight because I didn't want to have to calculate calories, points or carbs. So since I am not calculating that information for myself, I can't take time to provide that information for the recipes. (There is only so much time in the day, and I already spend hours and hours on each recipe.)

    I do think there are a number of online sites where you can input the ingredients and it will calculate for you; check google.

  2. I make loads of soup but this has to be my new favorite this year. You have a great site and I often make recipes that you post.

    Do you have the caloric breakdown of the sausage lentil soup?

    Thanks so much!

  3. Val so glad you liked it! (And that sausage sounds fantastic!)

  4. This stuff is delicious! I used some organic beef Italian sausage I had in the freezer, otherwise stuck to the recipe. I just finished my second bowl and will definitely be making this again.

  5. Gondee, so glad you enjoyed the soup!

  6. I made this soup last night … soooo good! I pureed about half and that gave it a great velvet texture. I used whole peeled canned tomatoes that I chopped up, but they came in a lot of thick sauce which added to the smooth texture of the soup. I also added a can of pink beans. I served it with a topping of grated Parmesan cheese — that added to the Italianness of the soup. Thanks so much for the recipe, keep up the great work!

  7. This soup has so many great flavours in it!

  8. This is article is a winner. I am a person who never gets a well appetite without soup on the menu… even in the house or outside I always include soup. My favorite soup is the mushroom soap I also tried a chicken soup before but don't like it much. Maybe yours would be better. I would love to try it.

  9. Thanks Val! I just wish you lived next door so I could give you more leftovers. (Love ya!)

  10. I was at Kalyn's and the smell from this pot of soup was so good that I immediately located a bowl to try it. I was not disapointed when I tasted it…it was so delicious! Yum. I am so lucky my sister is such a good cook!

  11. Roz, *thank you* for the nice feedback! (That kind of comment always makes my day!)

  12. Hi Kalyn, I visit often but rarely comment. HAD TO on this post though, WOW, that looks delicous. Thanks as always for your inspiring recipes and photos.

  13. I do think that anyone who likes the flavors of spicy Italian sausage will love this soup. Thanks for all the nice feedback everyone.

  14. I love Indian food and most places I've been to have lentil soup. I've never found a lentil soup that I like. This recipe sounds great though. There are so many other elements here that I couldn't help but enjoy it.

  15. Oh my goodness, that looks so, so delicious. I can't wait til lentils are on plan for me!

  16. Just the kind of soup for a cold winter's day and it is really cold here.

  17. I just posted your pumpkin chili soup on my blog and it was GREAT! This looks fantastic too, I love lentils, thanks!

  18. I just finished up the last of my soup which was almost exactly like yours. However you took some out to puree and put back in. I didn't do this and now I'm wishing I had. What a great idea! Guess I'll be making another pot soon. I make my own sausage so I'll have to see if I have any in the freezer. I love that idea. You know all the great tricks. Thank you Kalyn!

  19. I've made something similar to this with red lentils and it is one of my most favorite dishes! I'm definitely going to have to give your version a try Kalyn!

  20. I've been lurking through your blog now for quite some time. You never fail to amaze me with your superb, healthy and mouthwatering dishes! Keep it up, Kalyn!