Lentil Kale Soup with Chicken Sausage
This gluten free Lentil Kale Soup with Chicken Sausage recipe is healthy and easy to make! It's full of vegetables and Italian flavors.
MInce 6 cloves of garlic and 1 onion (any color). Dice 4 stalks of celery.
Cut 4 large carrots (yields 3 cups) into slices. Make sure the slices are relatively the same size to ensure even cooking.
Roughly chop 4 packed cups of kale (or greens of choice).
Cut 4 chicken sausages (or sausages of choice) into rounds.
Place a cast-iron Dutch oven or heavy-bottomed soup pot on the stove top and heat to medium-high. Add 1 Tbsp. olive oil. Once heated, add the sliced sausages and saute for 5 minutes, stirring often. Remove from the pan and set aside.*If you are using uncooked sausage make sure to cook the sausage through before removing from heat. This may take longer than 5 minutes.
Add the minced garlic, onions, and celery to the pot. Saute for 5 minutes, stirring often.
Add the sliced carrots along with ¼ tsp. kosher salt and pepper. Saute for another 5 minutes, stirring often. Add 1 ¼ cups brown lentils, 6 cups low-sodium chicken broth, 1 15 oz. can tomato sauce, and 1 tsp. Italian seasoning to the pot. Stir until combined.
Bring the soup to a boil, reduce to a medium-low boil, cover, and cook for 30 minutes.
After 30 minutes remove the cover from the soup pot. Add the sauteed sausages and 4 packed cups of kale (or greens of choice).
Stir these ingredients into the soup, cover, and cook for another 15 minutes on a medium-low boil. Once the lentils and carrots have softened the soup is ready to serve.* Cooking times may vary slightly. 45 minutes on a medium-low boil should have softened the lentils and carrots enough but feel free to cook 5-10 minutes longer if needed.
To Serve: Serve with some freshly grated Parmesan cheese and fresh herbs (optional).
- Any kind of sausages may be used in this recipe. If using uncooked sausage or bulk sausage (not smoked sausage) make sure to cook through before adding to the soup.
- Any kind of greens may be substituted for kale such as Swiss chard, spinach, or collards. Feel free to leave out the greens if you don't care for them.
- Feel free to substitute some of the chicken broth for water if sodium is an issue for you.
- Adjust salt and pepper levels as desired.
Serving: 2cups | Calories: 346kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 789mg | Potassium: 830mg | Fiber: 14g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 8435IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 77mg | Iron: 5mg