Lentil Sausage Soup with Fried Garlic (Gluten-Free)

Lentil Sausage Soup with Fried Garlic (Gluten-Free)

It’s January in Connecticut, which means we are making LOTS of soups over here. So if you’re looking for a delicious and hearty meal to warm you up from the inside on a cold winter day, look no further than this ultimate meal-in-a-bowl soup. Packed with sausage, lentils, and vegetables, it’s sure to fill you up and keep you cozy. But don’t forget to add the special finishing touch – fried garlic! I have a genius hack to make fried garlic in your MICROWAVE and I know you might be thinking that it sounds too good to be true, but I promise you, it’s possible. Don’t skimp on this step, the fried garlic and garlic oil is really the special finishing touch when serving this soup.

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How To Make My Lentil Sausage Soup with Fried Garlic

Step 1. In a large pot, heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil over medium-high heat. When hot, add the sausage, stirring occasionally until it begins to brown, about five minutes.

Step 2. Add the onion, celery, carrots, first two minced garlic cloves, and a pinch of salt. Cook until the vegetables start to soften, another 5 minutes.

Step 3. Add the lentils, bay leaves, tomatoes, stock, and water.  Add a big pinch of salt, and black pepper to taste. 

Step 4. Bring to a simmer, cover partially with a lid, and allow to cook until the lentils are tender, about 30 minutes.  Taste the soup halfway through and add more salt if it needs it.  Mine always needs a couple more big pinches of salt since I use unsalted stock. 

Step 5. When the soup is almost done, combine the remaining two cloves of minced garlic and remaining two tablespoons of oil in a small microwave-safe bowl. 

Step 6. Microwave on high power for 3-5 minutes, I always check it at 3.  Stir with a heat-resistant rubber spatula, scraping down sides of the bowl. You want the garlic to turn only lightly golden, as it will continue to cook in the hot oil once it’s removed from the microwave.  

Step 7. To serve:  Remove the bay leaves from the soup.  Ladle soup into shallow bowls and top with the pecorino cheese, a teaspoon of the fried garlic and oil and a few cracks of black pepper. This soup freezes well and leftovers will keep for several days in the fridge!

Step 8. Enjoy!

What Else Can I Use?

  • You can use both brown or green lentils in this soup.  Green lentils hold their shape a bit better than brown, so just expect a softer texture with brown.
  • I love kielbasa in this soup, but you can use any sausage you like including chicken sausage if that’s your thing.
  • If you want to add some greens in here, simply drop in a couple of cups of cut kale or Swiss chard into the finished soup and they will wilt quite quickly and mix right in.
  • If you don’t eat dairy, simply leave the pecorino cheese out when serving the soup.
  • If you’re using homemade unsalted stock, you’ll want more salt than if your stock is salted already.
  • If the soup looks too thick, add a little more water as it’ll continue to thicken as it cools.  I like it on the hearty, chunkier side. 

This Lentil Sausage Soup with Fried Garlic is special because:

This soup is hearty and filling

It’s the perfect excuse to try out my microwave fried garlic hack

It freezes well and leftovers will keep for several days in the fridge!

More Hungry Lady Soups

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While Bean and Chicken Sausage with Greens (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free)

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Lentil Sausage Soup with Fried Garlic (Gluten-Free)

Packed with sausage, lentils, and vegetables, this delicious meal-in-a-bowl soup is sure to fill you up and keep you cozy all winter long.
4.84 from 6 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Dinner, Lunch, Soup
Servings 6
Calories 372 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • ¼ cup olive oil divided
  • 8 ounces of kielbasa sausage diced
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 2 celery ribs diced
  • 2 medium carrots peeled and diced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 cup brown lentils sorted and rinsed
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 14.5- ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 4 cups low-sodium or homemade chicken stock
  • 4 cups water
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Grated Pecorino Romano cheese to finish

Instructions
 

  • In a large pot, heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil over medium-high heat. When hot, add the sausage, stirring occasionally until it begins to brown, about five minutes.
  • Add the onion, celery, carrots, first two minced garlic cloves, and a pinch of salt. Cook until the vegetables start to soften, another 5 minutes.
  • Add the lentils, bay leaves, tomatoes, stock, and water. Add a big pinch of salt, and black pepper to taste. If you’re using homemade unsalted stock, you’ll want more salt than if your stock is salted already.
  • Bring to a simmer, cover partially with a lid, and allow to cook until the lentils are tender, about 30 minutes.
  • Taste the soup halfway through and add more salt if it needs it. Mine always needs a couple more big pinches of salt since I use unsalted stock. If the soup looks too thick, add a little more water as it’ll continue to thicken as it cools. I like it on the hearty, chunkier side.
  • When the soup is almost done, combine the remaining two cloves of minced garlic and remaining two tablespoons of oil in a small microwave-safe bowl.
  • Microwave on high power for 3-5 minutes, I always check it at 3. Stir with a heat-resistant rubber spatula, scraping down sides of the bowl. You want the garlic to turn only lightly golden, as it will continue to cook in the hot oil once it’s removed from the microwave.
  • To serve: Remove the bay leaves from the soup. Ladle soup into shallow bowls and top with the pecorino cheese, a teaspoon of the fried garlic and oil and a few cracks of black pepper. This soup freezes well and leftovers will keep for several days in the fridge!

Nutrition

Calories: 372kcalCarbohydrates: 29gProtein: 18gFat: 21gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 26mgSodium: 509mgPotassium: 772mgFiber: 11gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 3504IUVitamin C: 12mgCalcium: 72mgIron: 4mg
Keyword Garlic, lentil soup, lentils, sausage, soup
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13 thoughts on “Lentil Sausage Soup with Fried Garlic (Gluten-Free)”

    • Hi Daniela, you can use red lentils, yes. They break down more than green or brown so the soup will have a softer texture. Let me know how you make out!
      Kat

  • 5 stars
    I made it tonight and it was bery good. I followed instructions to the “T”. The next time I may add more lentils. Thank you for sharing your receipe.

  • 4 stars
    I made this tonight with ground beef, bc that’s what I had on hand, and it was good. This is the first time I’ve ever cooked green lentils and it had a pea soup taste to it… I bet this would have been great with the sausage like you made it! Will definitely make this again.

  • 5 stars
    YUM! I forgot to add the cheese at the end, will add tomorrow. It’s soooo good! Added some baby spinach for some greens and it was perfect

  • 5 stars
    So filling and yummy! I used linguica sausage and both my kids loved it. Also decided to add some red pepper flakes to the fried garlic, wow! Easy and delicious soup. Thanks!

  • 5 stars
    Very good! My picky eater boys ate it and wanted seconds! I actually doubled it, except for the water because I was afraid I would overflow the pot and it was the perfect consistency. I also didn’t add the pepper since I know lentils have a pepper flavor and didn’t want it too “spicy” for my boys (this has been a complaint with lentils in the past!) Thank you for a healthy and accessible recipe!

  • 5 stars
    I made two small changes to the recipe as written. I used red lentils and added a jalapeño pepper. I otherwise followed the recipe and it was excellent. Thank you Kathleen.

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