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Lentil Soup Recipe with Parmesan and Smoked Sausage

A lentil soup recipe that is incredibly easy to make, very healthy yet filled with amazing flavor. Indulge a little by adding sausage!
A delicious Lentil Soup Recipe with Parmesan and Smoked Sausage

It’s that time of the year again when healthy eating pledges are right around the corner. The heavy holiday dishes have finally worn out their welcome and our bodies begin to crave fresh and light foods once again. And if my juice cleanse debacle a few years ago taught me anything, it’s that changing my diet in any direction with a sudden turn is never a good idea.

I created this easy lentil soup recipe with this transition in mind. I love all things lentil soup (this recipe which uses Moroccan spices sounds amazing) and it’s typically filled with so many healthy goodies that I know my body thanks me.

Still, I’m not quite ready to completely let go of the rich holiday treats that I’ve allowed myself to enjoy to excess these past weeks, which is why a little smoked sausage and freshly grated parmesan added to this healthy lentil soup recipe just had to happen.

The great news is that the soup is delicious on its own, even without the sausage and cheese. So you can keep this recipe on standby for when you need something easy, healthy yet still comforting and super tasty.

And if you’d like to indulge, toss in the sausage for something special. Another option is to serve the sausage in a bowl and let your family add as much or as little as they’d like. Of course, that would never work for me; I’d be grabbing a fork and eating bites of sausage before the bowl ever made it to the table! But at least my lentil soup recipe is healthy enough that it might just make up for it.

Whatever you’re making and devouring this holiday, I hope that your New Year celebration is all that you wish for and much more!

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A delicious Lentil Soup Recipe with Parmesan and Smoked Sausage

Lentil Soup Recipe with Parmesan and Smoked Sausage

Yield: 10 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes

This hearty soup is a favorite during the colder months!


  • 1 pound smoked sausage, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 sweet onion, chopped
  • 4 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 pinch crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups dried lentils
  • 1 28- ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 6 cups reduced-sodium chicken stock or broth
  • 1 cup freshly grated parmigiano-reggiano, parmesan
  • juice of 1/4 lemon, or to taste


  1. Heat a large dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add sausage and cook, stirring occasionally, until nicely browned. Remove sausage with a slotted spoon and set aside.
  2. Reduce heat to medium and add the olive oil, onions, celery and carrots to drippings in pan. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are soft, about five minutes. Sprinkle in basil, oregano and red pepper flakes, cook one minute. Add garlic, cook one more minute.
  3. Add lentils, crushed tomatoes, chicken stock and bay leaf, stirring well to combine. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer until lentils are soft, at least another hour.
  4. When lentils are soft and soup is ready to be served, season to taste with salt and pepper. Stir in parmesan and reserved sausage along with a squeeze of the lemon to brighten up the flavor (to taste). Serve with extra grated parmesan on the side along with a crusty bread.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 321Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 37mgSodium: 1115mgCarbohydrates: 25gNet Carbohydrates: 19gFiber: 6gSugar: 11gProtein: 17g

This data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix.

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mimi rippee

Sunday 8th of March 2020

This is a fabulous soup! I love sausage in lentil soup for sure, but they're also good with just about any protein! Love your recipe.

Kristy Bernardo

Tuesday 10th of March 2020

Thanks so much, mimi! :)


Sunday 16th of December 2018

When do I add the bay leaf? Can't wait to try it. I plan on using it for supper tomorrow night, I will be feeding approx 4 cowboys who have big appetites. Will serve slaw, crusty bread & a dessert. Oops! We live in New Mexico 120 miles east of Albuquerque. The day temp has been right a round 27, just a hard cold with a breeze!! Merry Christmas to u @ yours.


Sunday 11th of November 2018

Made it today. A cold day in Jersey. It’s not even finished cooking and tastes incredible!


Sunday 11th of November 2018

A cold day here in Virginia, too. So glad you like it! Hope it warms you up on this chilly day. Cheers :)

R A Bailey

Friday 5th of January 2018

winter deep freeze of early 2018 in North Carolina. Need some stick-to-your-ribs fuel, and this recipe does NOT disappoint. Love the healthiness of it, as well as the smoky flavor of the sausage and that slight bit of gooey warm cheese. I did not add all the cheese since there are just two of us, but left it on the side to add during the meal. Made some cornbread to go with it as I had forgotten to pick up crusty bread. A nice slaw rounded out the dinner. Love the amount it makes, I take my lunch with me most days and I cannot wait to taste this today!!!! Thanks for a wonderful addition to my permanent soup selection!

Kristy Bernardo

Friday 5th of January 2018

This comment made my morning! We're in the winter deep freeze of VA so I can completely relate to wanting something warm and comforting for dinner. SO glad you enjoyed this so much! Cheers :)


Wednesday 26th of July 2017

simply healthy and tasty. Kristy cheers to you for sharing this recipe.

Kristy Bernardo

Thursday 27th of July 2017

Thanks, babloo!