Today was in the 50’s, a little windy, and a perfect day for a pot of soup! This is one of my favorites, because the flavors go so good together.

There’s something so comforting about a big pot of soup simmering on the stove on a cold day!

I have to admit, I’m all about modern conveniences ONLY if the quality is good, and If your lucky enough to have a Trader Joes in your neighborhood and haven’t tried their box stocks please do! They make life so much easier! I know you can also pick these up in any local store now, these boxed stocks are everywhere. I just like Trader Joes cause their prices are so good! Their pre-cooked lentils are fantastic too, already cooked, you just cut open the bag and pour them in. How easy is that!!! So you can whip up a great meal in no time, that tastes like its been simmering all day!!
Heres what you’ll need

1 carrot diced
2 stalks of celery diced
1 onion chopped
1 lb. of Italian sausage, hot or mild ( I used Turkey Italian sausage it works great!)
2 crushed garlic cloves
1 14.5oz. can of fire roasted tomato’s
1t. ground fennel
1t. oregano
S&P to taste along with some red pepper flakes
1 box or 2 cups of dry lentils ( I use more)
6 to 8 cups of chicken stock ( 2 boxes)
In a nice pot brown your sausage and drain, with the Turkey I didn’t have to. Then put some olive oil in the bottom and saute veggies and garlic. Open up the stock, pour that in, along with all the spices and lentils, stir it up, semi cover it and let it cook for about 1/2 hour. It will be longer if you are using dry lentils.
When it’s done I take an immersion blender to one side of the pot to thicken it up a little.
I usually double the recipe because it freezes good

Top it off with shaved Parm and a drizzle of olive oil!
Buon Appetito!!

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  1. I wish we had a Trader Joes here. Yes, it’s def soup time and yours looks comforting.

  2. I gotta stop coming to your blog–everytime I check it out it makes me soooo hungry

  3. The soup looks very inviting. Perfect with some stale bread . Lentils just does it for me. Any way any style… i’ll have it !

  4. I love the combination of lentils and sausage. Never knew about the pre-cooked lentils…great suggestion!

  5. Marie – ha, it is so funny that I just posted a soup on my blog and showed a box of Trader Joe’s chicken stock too!

    I made Minestrone because my sick friend requested it. I never made it before (and I am not Italian, but love to cook Italian) so I read a bunch of recipes and combined them into my own. I liked it and I hope it makes him feel better.

    Your sausage and lentil soup sounds delicious!

  6. Maryann, Hopefully you’ll get a Trader Joes soon, they seem to be popping up all over!

    Jenren,Don’t stop! Keep coming!

    Kate, I agree. Have you ever tried red lentils?

    leomemorial,Thanks for visiting! please come again!

    Passionate Palate, Trader Joes carries them all the time here in Chicago, give them a try, the quality is great!

    lori lynn, I lve TJ’s they have such great products there, and the prices are great too!!

  7. Marie – this looks delicious, it’s soup all round in the blog world:) I’m all for convenience too if the quality is right, that’s what we sell basically! I don’t cook enough with lentils, it’s my winter resolution:)

  8. Lorraine, I’m sure you and the sweet MIL you have will come up with a bunch of things to make with lentils!!

  9. That soup looks pretty good. Lentils are something that I would like to use more but I do not seem to have much luck with them.

  10. pwforlife says:

    Another Police Wife here supporting Queen V’s mom.

    I am hungry now!

    Do you ever cook for the boys in blue?

  11. Kevin, I’m confident you won’t have any problem at all!!!!!

    pwforlife, Thanks for your support! I’d cook for the boys in blue anytime!!

  12. wow, this soup looks delicious SLURP 😛

  13. Welcome Francesca! Thanks for visiting!!

  14. I like soups in winter, warming nourishing and usually make my own.
    This one looks very thick and my kids like thick one too. It would be healthy too for them.

  15. After my great success with your roasted tomato soup, (I just added some cayenne and 1/4 tsp of cloves from a previous recipe) I am going to give your lentil soup recipe a go today. I just love that I can come to my favorite Italian food blog and find what I want instead of some random recipe on the internet.

  16. sue johnston says:

    I made the sausage lentil soup for my vegan daughter and her husband substituting TJ’s Italian non-meat sausage for the real stuff and using DePuy lentils. I had some leftover carrot/tomato salsa that I added as well. It was really good and I have found that your healthy recipes are easily swapped with vegan items and yet still retain their flavor. Keep those yummy recipes coming!

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