FOFF Lentil and Sausage Soup (Vegetarian Version Offered)

by Joanne on March 22, 2012

Carla Vavala sure knows how to cook.

Carla Vavala

This was another big hit in our house. Even though I made two recipes, one for me using vegetarian sausage and one for Teddy and Ted using Italian sausage, the stew/soup was easy to make.


Delicious.  There was just one problem.  Ted got the 24 hour bug about 3 hours after eating dinner.  His first thought:  FOOD POISONING!

I was offended at the very thought! Steaming mad   After all, I’m overly careful about “use by” dates.  I don’t keep left overs longer than a day or two, depending on the dish.  I smell raw foods to make sure there are no off odors.  ME?! Offer food that is….ahhh…TAINTED! POISONED! TOXIC!  No way.

He had the bug.  He confirmed it the next day by calling Teddy who was just fine and enjoying some of the left overs at that very moment.


Lentil and Sausage Soup


  • 1 lb Italian sausage or turkey sausage (Vegetarians, use 1 pkg. of sausage substitute)
  • 1 lg onion, chopped
  • 1 celery stalk
  • 2 large carrots, diced
  • 1 small zucchini, diced
  • 5 cups broth (either chicken or vegetable)
  • 28 oz can diced tomatoes – UNdrained
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cups dry lentils, rinsed

Add to taste: black pepper, red pepper flakes, basil, oregano, parsley, and thyme.

In a medium frying pan, cook the sausage until brown and drain fat. *Vegetarian sausage, add a little olive oil and cook 8 minutes on one side over medium high heat, turn and cook 5 more minutes.

In a large stock pot, add all the ingredients, bring to a boil, reduce heat and cover. Simmer for 1 hour or until the lentils are tender.


There is so much flavor in this soup, it offers something for everyone.

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  • At 2012.03.22 17:16, Peggy said:

    That does look good. It has been in the 80’s here all week and soup was not on my agenda. But I will keep this one in mind when I do make soup. Sorry Ted was sick. That bug has been making its way around lately.

    • At 2012.03.23 17:04, Dana @ Cooking at Cafe D said:

      Looks delicious. We didn’t get nearly enough cold weather in Chicago this year for soups and stew. (I had a whole slow-cooker series planned on my blog. Guess it will keep till next year – lol!)

      We love sausage. And, chorizo. So, this is a no-brainer.
      Pinned it.
      ~ Dana
      Cooking at Cafe D

      • At 2012.03.23 22:49, Laura said:

        Yum! This looks delicious– and I think we have all the ingredients… might have to make it this weekend!

        • At 2012.03.26 17:29, Julie said:

          Yummy! That look absolutely delicious! Thanks for posting the recipe as well, I think I’m going to give it a try this weekend!

          • At 2012.03.28 11:23, Sophie said:

            Waw, I love soups like this tasty one. One meal, one pot, one fab meal filled with real tasty flavours!

            MMMMMMMM,….so delectable! 😉

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