This Spicy Sausage Lentil and Kale Soup is protein-packed and full of vegetables. Make a batch to enjoy for dinner or pack it for lunch all week!
*Photo updated 9/2016*
I have a soup recipe to share with you today. The title is a bit misleading because I actually didn’t use spicy sausage, I just made the soup spicy. However, you could use spicy sausage if you wanted to!
This soup isn’t much to look at…but it tastes great! I made this at the request of Katie, who asked me a few weeks ago to come up with a recipe for sausage & lentil soup! I love making my readers happy, so I got to work. I made my version extra spicy & hubby and I both loved it! You can easily sub spinach for kale if you’d like!
Here’s the recipe:Print
Spicy Sausage, Lentil & Kale Soup
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 30 minutes
- Total Time: 40 minutes
- Yield: 4 1x
- Category: Soup
- 1 c carrots, chopped
- 1 c red peppers, chopped
- 1 c sweet potato, diced
- 3 clove garlic, minced
- 1 leek, diced
- 2 chicken sausages, sliced
- 2 c cooked lentils
- 4 c low-sodium chicken broth
- 1 can no-salt-added diced tomatoes
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1–2 tsp cayenne pepper, to taste
- black pepper, to taste
- 3 cups chopped kale
- In a large pot, saute garlic, leeks, carrots, peppers and sweet potato over medium heat for 10 minutes.
- Add the sausage, lentils, broth, tomatoes and spices.
- Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until veggies reach desired tenderness (15-20 min).
- Stir in kale, let simmer an additional 5 minutes.
- Serve warm.
To make this vegetarian/vegan, use veggie broth, leave out the sausage and add your favorite beans or tofu!
Use whatever veggies are your favorite if you don’t like the ones I used.
You could use spinach or any other leafy greens instead of kale.
Pretty simple, right? Like I mention in the notes, this soup is easy to customize. Use your favorite veggies or whatever you have on hand…Add some beans instead of lentils…you get the idea! I used spinach & mozzarella chicken sausages from Meijer but any kind of sausage should work.
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Oh yay. I get super excited with all the soup recipes popping up now. I literally have eaten soup for Dinner every single day for the past 5 days. I can’t help myself, they are just so delicious when it’s cold out.
This one looks amazing….especially because it has my favorite kale:)
Heather @ fit mama real food says
Looks great! I’ve been loving soups so much lately.
Linz @ Itz Linz says
perfect for fall! love the addition of kale – something i haven’t done in soup before (not sure why?!??)
Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves says
Looks hearty and delicious! Perfect fall soup, I’d say. Thanks for the recipe!
Chelsea @ Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen says
Love the looks of this! I’m on a big chicken sausage kick lately.
Fancy Nancy says
I’ve been making a sausage kale soup the past few weeks and have been looking to jazz it up! This looks great!!!
Brittany @ Delights and Delectables says
Can I come over for dinner??? 😉
Sam @ Better With Sprinkles says
Love the looks of this! We’re finally getting cold around these parts, so I’m all about soups and chilis right now.
Samantha @ 10,000 Squats says
Looks delicious! I love making soups and I’ve been on a real soup kick since the weather has gotten cooler. My fiance will love this! Thanks for sharing.
Kelly @ Femme Fitale says
Funny, I just made a chicken sausage/kale/white bean soup tonight!!! Can’t go wrong!
Liz @ The Lemon Bowl says
One of my favorite combos!!
Kelly @ Laughter, Strength, and Food says
Mmmm! Looks yummy! I have a bag of lentils just waiting for me to use so perfect timing!
Jody Goldenfield says
That looks so good & this time of year – perfect!!!
yummy!!! pinning this 🙂 perfect to make this fall
Crazy, but I totally made a variation of this over the weekend! I used spinach instead of kale and added turkey sausage at the end cuz I thought it was missing something.
This looks amazing as well though. Definitely gonna try it the next time I’m craving lentils 😀
Sara @ LovingOnTheRun says
Yum looks like the PERFECT fall soup 🙂
Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl says
This sounds SO delicious! I am definitely going to make this with some vegan Field Roast sausage…it’s amazing!
EA Stewart says
Sounds delish & I’ve got everything but the sausages. Luckily I haven’t gone shopping yet today, so I’m adding them to my list 🙂
Meredith @ DareYouTo says
Mmm this is so fall. Makes me feel warm just reading the recipe 🙂
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Jan @ Sprouts n Squats says
Yum so glad you finally posted this one, it looks and sounds delicious!
It is Spring here in Australia but the weather has still been cold, perfect for soups!
Kammie @ Sensual Appeal says
Mmmm LOVE. I’m so excited for this!
THANK YOU!!!! You rock my socks! I’m so so so excited to make it!!
Now I guess I need to learn to not make lentils all mushy, huh? 😛
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Kelly @ Kelly Runs for Food says
Great recipe! I love spicy anything, so spicy sausage is right up my alley! Thanks for sharing.
YUM! Another fave I have to try, love this flavor combo!!
My husband and I make a version of this at home using white beans and it is SO GOOD! Love the lentils- we will have to give that a try!