Lentil Soup with Spicy Italian Sausage

Bon Appétit | January 2010

by The Bon Appétit Test Kitchen

Yield: Makes 8 main-course servings
Active Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 pound fully cooked hot Italian sausage, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 large onion, chopped (about 3 cups)
2 large carrots, peeled, chopped (about 1 3/4 cups)
2 large parsnips, peeled, chopped (about 1 3/4 cups)
2 large celery stalks, chopped about 1 cup
21/2 teaspoons dried Italian seasoning blend
1 pound brown lentils (about 2 1/3 cups)
3 quarts (or more) low-salt chicken broth
1 5-ounce package baby spinach leaves

Heat oil in large pot over medium-high heat. Add sausage and cook until browned, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes. Using slotted spoon, transfer sausage to bowl. Add onion, carrots, parsnips, celery, and Italian seasoning blend to drippings in pot; cook until onion is translucent and vegetables begin to soften, stirring often, 7 to 8 minutes. Add lentils; stir to coat. Add 3 quarts broth. Bring to boil; reduce heat to medium and simmer until lentils are tender, stirring occasionally and adding more broth by 1/4 cupfuls if soup is too thick, 20 minutes.

Add sausage to soup and simmer until vegetables are tender and flavors blend, 10 to 12 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Stir in spinach. Cook until spinach is wilted, about 3 minutes.

Per serving: 488.2 kcal calories, 34.4% calories from fat, 18.6 g fat, 6.1 g saturated fat, 35.8 mg cholesterol, 50.7 g carbohydrates, 16.7 g dietary fiber, 9.8 g total sugars, 34.0 g net carbohydrates, 31.6 g protein
Nutritional analysis provided by Bon Appétit