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Lentil Soup

Photo: Oxmoor House
Total time 1 hr
Yield Serves 10 (serving size: 1 1/4 cups)
This one-hour soup is surprisingly simple to make, considering how much satisfying flavor it delivers. Lentils, a nutritional powerhouse full of fiber; make a hearty winter soup when combined with a little bit of sausage and a lot of vegetables.


  • 1 (3 3/4-ounce) link hot Italian pork sausage
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped red onion
  • 1 cup sliced celery
  • 2 carrots, peeled, halved lengthwise, and sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 7 cups water
  • 4 cups fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup lower-sodium tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 5 (4-inch-long) thyme sprigs
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 (16-ounce) package dried lentils
  • 1 (6-ounce) package fresh baby spinach
  • Shaved fresh Parmesan cheese (optional)

Nutrition Information

  • calories 248
  • fat 5.4 g
  • satfat 1.1 g
  • monofat 2.3 g
  • polyfat 1.6 g
  • protein 17.2 g
  • carbohydrate 33.9 g
  • fiber 8.6 g
  • cholesterol 8 mg
  • iron 3.8 mg
  • sodium 381 mg
  • calcium 57 mg

How to Make It

  1. Remove casing from sausage. Heat a 4-quart saucepan over medium-high heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add sausage to pan, and cook until browned; stir to crumble. Add onion, celery, and carrot; sauté 4 minutes or until tender. Add garlic; sauté 30 seconds.

  2. Stir in 7 cups water and next 6 ingredients (through bay leaves). Bring to a boil; stir in lentils. Return to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer, uncovered, 40 minutes or until lentils are tender.

  3. Stir in spinach; cover and cook 2 minutes or just until spinach wilts. Remove and discard thyme sprigs and bay leaves. Ladle soup into bowls, and, if desired, sprinkle evenly with cheese.

Cook's Notes

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