Smoked Sausage and Lentil Soup

by Colleen Greene on September 18, 2011 · 1 comment



Smoked Sausage and Lentil Soup

The approach of Autumn — on the calendar, even if not reflected in our current weather — already has me looking forward to soups, stews and all kinds of good comfort foods.  I absolutely adore good homemade soup.  It is economical, makes the entire house smell good, and can often be quite healthy.

I am a big fan of traditional lentil soup, but while my husband does like lentil beans, he really prefers that a soup contain some sort of meat if we’re counting it as a meal instead of a first course.   So I was intrigued when I came across this GoodLife Eats recipe for a lentil soup that includes smoked sausage.  I opted to go with lean turkey sausage and fat-free chicken broth to keep the Weight Watchers PointsPlus value as low as possible.  This soup is healthy, delicious and quick enough to make after work.  And Hubby loved it!

Smoked Sausage & Lentil Soup

In a medium sized stock pot, sautee the sausage until it is browned and fragrant.

Smoked Sausage & Lentil Soup

Saute the onion in the same pot used for the sausage for 3-5 minutes, until tender. Add the garlic and saute an additional minute.

Smoked Sausage & Lentil Soup

Add the water to deglaze the pot, scraping up any browned bits that remain.

Smoked Sausage & Lentil Soup

Add the broth, lentils, and seasonings. Bring pot to a boil.

Smoked Sausage & Lentil Soup

Add the sausage, carrot and celery, place a lid on the pot, and simmer for 35-45 minutes, or until lentils and vegetables are tender.

Smoked Sausage & Lentil Soup

Serve and enjoy!

Lentil Soup with Smoked Sausage
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Recipe type: Main Course
Serves: 6
 
Weight Watchers Info: 6.5 PointsPlus per serving
Ingredients
  • 1¾ c dried lentils
  • 16 oz. lean smoked turkey sausage, sliced and quartered (like Jennie-O)
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 2 ribs celery, diced
  • 4 cups fat-free chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 2 dashes cayenne pepper
  • 1 dash cumin
  • 1 dash garlic powder
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 Tbs fresh parsley, finely chopped
Instructions
  1. In a medium sized stock pot, sautee the sausage until it is browned and fragrant. Remove sausage and set aside, leaving the drippings in the pot. Saute the onion in the same pot used for the sausage for 3-5 minutes, until tender. Add the garlic and saute an additional minute.
  2. Add the water to deglaze the pot, making sure to scrape up any browned bits that remain. Add the broth, lentils, and seasonings. Bring pot to a boil. Add the sausage, carrot and celery, place a lid on the pot, and simmer for 35-45 minutes, or until lentils and vegetables are tender. Serve.
Notes
If you don’t care about points and calories, and want a little kick, use andouille instead of smoked turkey sausage!
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    Congratulations,
    We’ve been experimenting with lentils a lot lately.
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    Nina

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