Slow Cooker Lentil & Sausage Soup

Slow Cooker Lentil & Sausage Soup - So easy, so good! No pre-cooking required - put everything directly into your crockpot, return 8 hours later and ladle it into bowls! A flavorful, healthy meal that couldn't be simpler! | foxeslovelemons.com

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Slow Cooker Lentil & Sausage Soup - So easy, so good! No pre-cooking required - put everything directly into your crockpot, return 8 hours later and ladle it into bowls! A flavorful, healthy meal that couldn't be simpler! | foxeslovelemons.com

This Slow Cooker Lentil & Sausage Soup is the kind of crock pot recipe I like best: where you just put all the ingredients in the pot (no advance cooking), set it for 8 hours, and come home and just ladle it into bowls. I’m a big fan of lentils for how filling (and cheap!) they are. I used a mix of brown and green lentils here, just because that’s what I happened to have on hand, but feel free to use all brown or all green. I also used one of my current favorite ingredients – smoked turkey sausage. To me, it tastes almost identical to traditional smoked sausage, but has less calories and fat. Win-win!

If desired, top each bowl with a dollop of Greek yogurt, some fresh cilantro, a lime wedge for squeezing, and a side of naan bread. Or heck, just keep it super simple and ladle this soup directly out of the crockpot, insert spoon, and call it a day. Either way, you’re going to love this recipe!

Slow Cooker Lentil & Sausage Soup - So easy, so good! No pre-cooking required - put everything directly into your crockpot, return 8 hours later and ladle it into bowls! A flavorful, healthy meal that couldn't be simpler! | foxeslovelemons.com

 

Slow Cooker Lentil & Sausage Soup

Yield: 6 servings

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 8 hours

Ingredients:

  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 medium carrots, chopped
  • 1 medium leek (white and light green part only), thinly sliced
  • 8 ounces smoked turkey sausage, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 3/4 cup brown lentils, rinsed and picked through
  • 1/2 cup green lentils, rinsed and picked through
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 6 cups less-sodium chicken broth
  • 3/4 cup Greek yogurt
  • Fresh cilantro
  • 1 lime, cut into eighths
  • Naan bread, for serving

Directions:

  1. In bowl of slow cooker, stir celery, garlic, carrots, leek, sausage, lentils, tomato paste, curry powder, thyme, cumin, salt and pepper until well combined. Stir in broth. Cover and cook on low 8 hours (or on high 4 hours) or until lentils are tender.
  2. To serve, divide soup between bowls and top with yogurt and cilantro. Serve with lime wedges and naan.

 

I originally developed this recipe for the NatureBox blog.

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8 comments

  1. This looks like one hearty and delicious soup. Perfect for Fall!

  2. This sounds really good.  I’ve been looking for a lentil soup recipe and this one seems like it will have the flavor I’ve been looking for.

  3. This was a delicious hearty stew/soup! A great alternative to typical lentil soup which can be a little boring! I used mostly green lentils, with 1/4-1/2 cup split red lentils. I like the way red lentils break down and add some thickness and body to the base of a soup. I also threw in some frozen spinach about 30 minutes before serving. This could be customized with all kinds of veggies depending on what’s on hand!

  4. Do you cook the sausages first?

    • Hi Christina – the sausage I used here is sold fully cooked, so it really just needs to be warmed through. So no, I didn’t cook them additionally first. Hope that helps!

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