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Red Lentil and Sausage Soup

I'm a soup lover and during the winter months, I make soup about once a week.  This red lentil soup recipe has been in the rotation this winter and this year I've been loving it with the addition of sausage. 

Lentils are legumes, high in fiber and protein and low in fat.  That makes them perfect for a hearty winter soup.  You don't need sausage for a yummy, healthy lentil soup but adding sausage kicks up the flavor quotient.

Hearty Red Lentil and Sausage Soup

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Hearty Red Lentil and Sausage Soup
Hearty Red Lentil and Sausage Soup

While the lentils are a light red before cooking, you'll find that they become more cream-colored when cooked.   You can find red lentils at most grocery stores. Don't think you must use red lentils to make this soup.  They are fun but any lentils will work in the recipe.

This is a quick and easy soup to make.  It will take you approximately 45 minutes from the fridge to the table.  That includes 30 minutes of cooking time. That means this recipe is great for a hearty weeknight dinner.

Eight ounces of hot Italian sausage seems to be just right in the soup.  It adds just enough for a lot of added flavor with just a little added heat. When using links of sausage, remove the sausage meat from the casing before cooking.

A piece of warm, crusty bread is delightful with this soup.
Hearty Red Lentil and Sausage Soup

Check out my YouTube video for making the Lentil and Sausage Soup.

There's a big blooper in the video.  I didn't realize I had made that mistake until it was too late for me to reshoot.


Two Tips for Making Red Lentil Sausage Soup:

Tip#1  Freeze tomato paste from the can in one tablespoon portions.  Wrap each tablespoon of tomato paste in a piece of plastic wrap and place the packets into a freezer-safe bag or container.

Tip #2  Use a garlic press when using fresh garlic in a soup.  The garlic will meld into the soup and you won't get pieces of garlic in your mouth when eating the soup.




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  1. This recipe sounds good, but I can't find when/how to add the lentils in your directions.Am I missing something? Thank you .

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    1. Thank you for pointing this out. I have fixed the recipe.

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