French Lentil Soup with Sausage

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This soup is extra delicious and can be made in big or small batches. Try it with a side of roasted brussel sprouts!


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, finely chopped
  • 1 celery rib, finely chopped (optional)
  • 1 ¼ cups lentils (preferably French green)
  • 6 cups chicken or veg stock (can use water, too)
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 oz smoked sausage (chicken or pork)
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar, or to taste


  • 1 large soup pot
  • 1 non-stick skillet


  1. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a 4-quart heavy pot over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking, then sauté onion, stirring occasionally, until golden brown, about 6 minutes.
  2. Add carrots and celery and cook, stirring, until softened, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add lentils, stock, salt, and pepper and bring to a boil, then reduce heat to moderate and cook, covered, until lentils are tender, about 30 minutes.
  4. While lentils are cooking, heat remaining tablespoon oil in a 10-inch nonstick skillet over high heat until hot but not smoking, then brown sausage on all sides, about 5 minutes.
  5. Cool sausage slightly on a cutting board, then cut into ½-inch-thick pieces.
  6. Add sausage to soup and stir in vinegar.

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Re: French Lentil Soup with Sausage

My family loves this soup — we’ve made it twice now. It’s just as delicious whether you use chicken or veggie stock. And we put crispy browned chorizo on top which made the soup even more hearty and added some spice!

Re: French Lentil Soup with Sausage

This was simple, easy and a really really good and hearty soup. Do you have any other soup recipes?

Re: French Lentil Soup with Sausage

GreatGrub has a lot of great soups for you to try. Go to our Satisfying Soup Recipes listing to see some of our favorites.

Re: French Lentil Soup with Sausage

I love lentil soup on a cold Minnesota evening and this version looks delicious. The tablespoon of balsamic is a nice touch.

Re: French Lentil Soup with Sausage