Lentil Chicken Sausage Soup

Lentil Chicken Sausage Soup

Technically it’s spring here in Southern Oregon. The operative word is “technically”…  It did not feel like spring because today was just gray and rainy.  To add to the annoyance, Bruce and I were out of town over the weekend and when we came home late Monday, we were low on groceries.  We were out of milk, bread, and other basic necessities.  Missing key ingredients in my kitchen makes it tough to make a decent dinner for a busy weeknight.

Fortunately, I always keep lentils, yellow onions, chicken stock and fresh celery on hand.  I also had a half pound of fully cooked asiago cheese red pepper chicken sausages in my freezer.  Before I left for work early this morning, I snagged my little slow cooker from the cupboard, plugged it in, tossed in my ingredients, and turned it on low.  All in all, I spent about 10 minutes assembling dinner.  When I got home from work, I grabbed a couple of bowls, fished out the bay leaf and garnished the soup with fresh grated Parmesan cheese.  It was simply delicious! It was ridiculously easy to make and I got two thumbs up from Bruce. Enjoy!  Tessa

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup lentils (picked over and rinsed)
  • 1/2 pound chicken sausage links (chopped)
  • 1 quart chicken stock
  • 1 cup celery (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup onion (chopped)
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp garlic paste
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 tsp seasoning salt or to taste
  • water if necessary
  • garnish with grated Parmesan cheese

Grab a slow cooker.  Add all ingredients except for seasoning salt, water and garnishes.  Cook on low covered for 6 – 8 hours.  Add water if the soup is too thick for your liking.  Add seasoning salt.  Taste your soup and correct your seasonings.  Ladle up and garnish with grated Parmesan cheese.  Makes about 4 servings.

8 thoughts on “Lentil Chicken Sausage Soup

  1. Tobias @ T and Tea Cake

    I’m impressed this looks very thought through for something you basically threw together from what you had on hand. I especially like the addition of parmesan, giving your comforting soup extra oomph. ;)

    Judging from the weather forecast, I also still have to wait for spring to finally arrive in its fullest. It has been an unusal cold April so far this year…

  2. beti

    For me beans and rice always saves those days, I really don’t like lentils but I do like the combination of this soup, maybe I’ll try it with something else :)

  3. Hungry Grad

    this soup got two thumbs up from my man, too! i was skeptical that something dirt cheap and dead easy would be yummy — but boy oh boy was this tasty!! this recipe is definitely a keeper — thanks for sharing!!!

    1. Tessa

      Hi Hungry Grad- Thank you! If you like something that tastes yummy and dirt cheap and easy, you ought to try out my easy bami goreng. I’ve been making it for years and it’s a winner every time. Thanks for stopping by!

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