Soup Sunday | Sausage and Lentil Stew Recipe

Soup Sunday | Sausage and Lentil Stew Recipe

I have a habit of ripping recipes out of magazines and tucking them away in a binder. I always have good intentions of someday making them, but usually they sit and gather dust. I am a creature of habit and we typically rotate the same meals over and over again.

This week I dug through my recipes looking for a yummy but different soup/stew recipe. I found it from a page I tore out of Rachael Ray’s Magazine from October 2011. This section was from her Budget Cook feature… Easy to Freeze $10 dinners. I adapted it ever so slightly and made it vegan (and used less water)… but most of Rachael’s recipes don’t need much tweaking because they end up fabulous.

5.0 from 3 reviews
Sausage and Lentil Stew Recipe
Quick & Easy. Freezes well for up to 1 month. To reheat from frozen allow to thaw enough to release from the freezer container, then place in saucepan with 2 tbsp water.
Recipe type: Main Meal / Stew
Serves: 4
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  • 2 tbsp EVOO
  • 1 lb sweet italian sausage, casings removed, crumbled (I found a vegan variety at our local store) *We doubled the recipe & only used 1 lb... more than enough for us)
  • 1 onion, chopped (about 1¼ cups)
  • 1 large carrot, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh rosemary
  • 8 oz brown lentils rinsed
  • 4 cups chicken broth (we used vegetable broth)
  • 1 head (3/4 lb) escarole, coarsely chopped
  • *optional* parmesan cheese to sprinkle on top
  1. Heat EVOO over medium-high heat. Add sausage and cook until browned; transfer to a bowl with a slotted spoon.
  2. Add onion and carrot to the pot and cook until slightly softened, about 3-4 minutes. Stir in garlic and rosemary and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  3. Add the lentils, broth and 3 cups water (I only used an additional 1 cup water... we like thick stew). Bring to boil.
  4. Stir in escarole and sausage, cover and cook until escarole is wilted and sausage is heated through, 3-4 minutes.




  1. Stephanie Larison says

    This sounds so good, I’m going to have to try it out! Hubby just told me the other day he’s tired of the same old meals we’re having, and I agree it’s getting boring. He is going to love this!

  2. Peggy says

    This sounds really good. Thank you for including your comments. I would rather have a vegan version too. I have found bags of dry lentils very cheap at the store but did not know how I was going to use them. This is perfect.

  3. Gina Brickell says

    Sounds and looks amazing!! What a great thing to make on a cold winter day!! I’m the same way, I am always printing out recipies that tend to sit and gather dust.. Occasionally I’ll pull one out and try to make it, but we typically do the same things over and over again…

  4. Jennifer Hedden says

    My fiance loves lentils so this is a must make recipe. I had never even tasted a lentil until I met him. This sounds so delicious! Thank you for sharing this recipe!

  5. Karen says

    This looks great. Soup is one of my favorite things to make and it gets the kids teat their veggies.

  6. courtney b says

    looks super healthy and perfect for a rainy day!

  7. Marissa says

    that looks yummy! Will definitely try to make it myself :]

  8. Sarah says

    This looks delicious! Also, I’m glad to know I’m not the only one with a folder of randomly sourced recipes that I rarely get around to make, lol!

  9. Sarah says

    Great recipe especially during the colder months! We also added in red bell peppers and it was delicious. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Mikki Cross says

    OMG…It looks so good. I have the lentils but no escarole or sausage. I ever thought to put them together. I usually have ham chunks with the lentils ad a good crusty loaf of italian bread. It makes for a complete meal. I usually serve a salad with it. I have to get sausage this week. Now I’m hungry.

  11. marissa lee says

    sounds and looks very good and healthy.

  12. judy gardner says

    looks great – a nice hearty meal for the cooler weather ahead!

  13. Rosie says

    I didn’t realize there are vegan varieties of sausage – I’m not a vegan, but avoid sausage, although the title of this recipe had me drooling. How cool – now I know I can make this guilt free! and it looks delicious, too. It is now perfect weather for soup making, and I love lentil soup, and the smell of it cooking on the stove is wonderful!

    • I had forgotten about this recipe, and now my mouth is watering too! Yes, I was surprised to find it at our local Price Chopper. I think I’ll add this to our menu next week.

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