Spicy Sausage, Lentil & Kale Soup

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  • 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
  • 12 tsp cayenne pepper, to taste
  • black pepper, to taste
  • 3 cups chopped kale


  1. In a large pot, saute garlic, leeks, carrots, peppers and sweet potato over medium heat for 10 minutes.
  2. Add the sausage, lentils, broth, tomatoes and spices.
  3. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until veggies reach desired tenderness (15-20 min).
  4. Stir in kale, let simmer an additional 5 minutes.
  5. 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.