Slow Cooker Lentil Soup with Smoked Sausage and Tomatoes

Lentil soup with sausage.
Lentil soup with sausage. Diana Rattray
  • 7 hrs 20 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins,
  • Cook: 7 hrs
  • Yield: 8 to 10 Servings
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Spicy sausage makes this a hearty lentil soup. Use chicken and apple sausage, andouille, or your own favorite smoked sausage in this soup.

This makes a big batch of soup for a big family or party, or freeze a batch for later.

What You'll Need

  • 1 pound lentils
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1 cup diced carrot
  • 2 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
  • 12 ounces​ smoked sausage, chicken,​ andouille, turkey sausage, or other
  • 6 cups​ chicken broth
  • 2 cans (14.5 ounces each) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 cups chopped fresh spinach  (or Swiss chard or kale)
  • Juice of 1 lemon, about 2 tablespoons
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • Salt, to taste

How to Make It

  1. Rinse the lentils and drain them thoroughly.
  2. Combine all ingredients, except salt, in a 5 to 7-quart slow cooker.
  3. Cover and cook on LOW for 6 to 8 hours, until lentils and vegetables are tender.
  4. If desired, puree some of the soup in a blender to thicken. Or, use an immersion blender and blend until you reach the consistency you desire.
  5. Taste and season with salt, as needed.