Lentil Soup with Sausage & Kale + VIDEO

Overhead shot of lentil soup with sausage and kale in speckled bowl with spoon.

This hearty Lentil Soup with Sausage and Kale will warm you up and keep you wanting more!

This Hearty Sausage, Kale & Lentil Soup will warm you up and keep you wanting more! | platingsandpairings.com

Growing up, we ate a lot of processed foods – Hamburger Helper, Macaroni & Cheese, Lunchables. Somehow I survived… I also ate a lot of canned soup. The lentil soup from Progresso was one of my favorites. I recently tried it again… Ummm… Huh… (scratching head). How did I survive?

Time to step things up a notch – Let’s give that lentil soup an upgrade.

The first thing I decided needed to be thrown into the mix was sausage. I went with mild Italian sausage… Debating first on using spicy sausage. I decided that it might be a bit too spicy, and figured that I could spice things up at the end with some red pepper flakes if it needed it. This is also great for those who don’t really care for the heat.

You can totally customize this soup to fit your tastes – I threw in a teaspoon of red pepper flakes at the end to give that hint of spice. However, you could totally leave them out if you want. Or, really heat things up by throwing in more. You can also make this a vegetarian lentil soup by leaving out the sausage.

I used some of my homemade slow cooker bone broth as the stock (I had it on hand in the freezer), but you can swap it out for some boxed chicken broth too. They’ll both work just fine and will be amazingly seasoned at the end of the cooking process. That’s because the lentils cook in the stock. They simmer away with some crushed tomatoes and soften up to a wonderful, almost creamy texture.

You’ll find dried lentils in your grocery store near the other dried beans. Look for brown lentils, rather than the red variety which cook up faster.

ingredients laid on counter for sausage kale lentil soup

My go-to brand is Bob’s Red Mill Brown Lentils. I’m so excited to see that lots of stores now have a full-on Bob’s Red Mill section with all of their great products. Founded 40 years ago by Bob and Charlee Moore, Bob’s Red Mill is an employee-owned company that focuses on products that are non-GMO and kosher, with many of the products, like these lentils, being vegan and packed with fiber.

Once they reach that perfect texture, and the soup is nice and thick, we’ll add in some kale at the end.

I’m using baby kale. I prefer the texture and find it to not be quite so bitter as the “adult” version. Look for it in tubs by the pre-packaged salad mixes. You can also make a lentil sausage spinach soup but swapping out the kale for spinach.

Don’t be shocked by the 5 cups of greens that we’re adding in there. It’ll look like way too much at the beginning, but in just a few quick minutes, it shrinks down to almost nothing. I love knowing that I have 5 cups of nutritious kale packed in there – hello healthy! Not to mention, all that fiber that the lentils add too… I’m making up for aforementioned Hamburger Helper.

Side view of bowl of lentil soup

To finish off this lentil sausage kale soup I added in a splash of red wine vinegar and some fresh parsley. It helps to brighten up everything at the end. Don’t forget to season with salt and pepper too. You’ll need a good sprinkling of both, but it will depend on the salt content of your chicken stock. So, dress it up at the end to your liking.

The end result? This homemade Lentil Sausage Soup is SO much better than the stuff from the can! I mean, SO much better…

What to Serve with Lentil Soup:

Have you made any upgrades to some of your favorite childhood foods? I’d love to hear in the comments below.

Two hands holding bowl of sausage kale lentil soup

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Wine Pairings for Lentil Soup with Sausage: 

  • Medium-bodied, rustic wines like Chianti, Cotes du Rhone, and Sangiovese have earthy, spicy flavors that echo those in the Italian sausage and lentils.

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Lentil Soup with Sausage Recipe

Overhead shot of lentil soup with sausage and kale in speckled bowl with spoon.

Lentil Soup with Sausage and Kale

This hearty Lentil Soup with Sausage and Kale will warm you up and keep you wanting more!
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 6 people


  • 1 pound bulk mild Italian sausage
  • 1 medium onion (diced)
  • 2 celery stalks (thinly sliced, with leafy tops)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 4 cups bone broth (or chicken stock)
  • 2 cups dried lentils
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 5 cups loosely packed baby kale leaves
  • 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley


  • In a large Dutch oven or heavy pot, cook sausage over medium-high heat until the meat crumbles and begins to brown, about 5 minutes. Add onion, celery and garlic and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.
  • Add stock, lentils, red pepper flakes and tomatoes and bring to a boil. Reduce to a rapid simmer, partially cover, and cook until lentils are tender, 30-35 minutes.
  • Add kale and simmer, uncovered, until tender, 2-3 minutes, Stir in vinegar and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Sprinkle with chopped parsley before serving.
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Calories: 572kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 57mg | Sodium: 846mg | Potassium: 1409mg | Fiber: 21g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 6033IU | Vitamin C: 89mg | Calcium: 190mg | Iron: 8mg


  1. Marlynn | UrbanBlissLife

    This looks SO good! I love comfort soups like this during the cold weather months!


    1. Erin

      Thanks Marlynn – I do too!


  2. Pech

    This soup looks like a great winter warmer and so hearty!


  3. Catherine @ Ten Thousand Hour Mama

    Haha, I hear you on processed soups! My husband still loves Progresso tomato, but I’m like, eh. I’ve been making a lot of soup from scratch this winter but haven’t tried something like this. Yum!


  4. Isabel Eats

    This soup looks DELICIOUS! My parents actually used to make a lentil soup that is very similar to this, and that’s when my love of lentils started. They’re so underrated, aren’t they? Can’t wait to try this recipe!


    1. Erin

      Thanks Isabel! I love lentils too. I don’t know what it is about them… But they definitely are my favorite in soup!


  5. Citra Kale @Citra's Home Diary

    absolutely perfect for steam up our winter!


  6. Marisa Franca @ All Our Way

    Great looking soup! This is perfect for a cold winter evening!


    1. Erin

      Thank you Marisa – I agree, it’s perfect for chilly nights!


  7. Kathryn @ FoodieGirlChicago

    This looks wonderful! Perfect for the freezing cold weather here in Chicago today!!


  8. Lisa

    Best. Soup. I’ve. Ever. Made.
    Love it.


  9. Lisa

    Best soup I’ve ever made. Period


    1. Erin

      Thanks Lisa – I’m so glad you liked it!!! It’s one of my favorites 🙂


  10. Michelle

    I grew up on a lot of processed foods too…there’s no way I could eat like that today. My oldest son, when he was little, had a canned lunch that I won’t mention at a friend’s house and came home and begged me to buy it. I finally did it, and when he ate it, he changed his mind…he actually said something to the effect of “I don’t know why I liked it, it doesn’t really taste very good.” Too funny!
    Anyway, this is my kind of soup! I love lentils, and my kids do too! My whole family would love this!


    1. Erin

      Thanks Michelle! I hope you get a chance to make it for them – I definitely think that this is a kid-friendly soup and secretly healthy 🙂


  11. Danielle

    You mean 5 oz of baby kale right? I’m not sure what 5 cups would actually be, like 8 boxes?


    1. Erin

      Hi Danielle – Either way. I found that the 5 oz. package when loosely packed came out to about 5 cups. Hope that helps!


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