Sausage Lentil Tomato Soup

This is a soup I will probably put in my regular soup rotation. I like to make a big pot of soup every other week during the colder months, maybe once a month in the summer. Soup is good food, can contain lots of vegetables, can be vegetarian, is nourishing and filling, and is usually a lot of food for a little money. Almost anything can be turned into a soup. This recipe is a take on a really good sausage-lentil soup, with bachelor variations. 

Recipe makes 8 to 10 servings of about 1-1/2 cups each. Prep time: 15 minutes. Cooking time: 1 hour. 

Equipment: If you have a dutch oven, that will be all you really need. However, I use a skillet and a stock pot. 


  • 1 lb. fresh pork sausage of any type
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 cups dry lentils, any type
  • 1 tsp. Dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp. Ground sage
  • 1 tsp. Fennel seeds
  • 1 tsp. Cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. Dried majoram 
  • 28 oz. can whole, peeled tomatoes
  • 1 large can tomato juice, no salt added preferred
  • 1 32 oz. container reduced sodium beef broth
  • 2 cups water


  1. In a large skillet (or dutch oven) brown the sausage. If using a link type sausage, brown them whole, then remove to cool, then cut into 1/2-inch slices.
  2. Add onions and garlic to the skillet and cook until tender. Add herbs, spice and salt and pepper. Stir together until heated through, then remove from heat. 
  3. While the sausage mixture is cooking, pour tomatoes with juice into the stock pot (or into the dutch oven), squish them into bite-size pieces. Add in the tomato juice, beef broth, lentils and water over high heat. Add the sausage mixture to the pot and bring it to a boil. Cover and lower heat to a low simmer and let it cook for 30 to 45 minutes or until lentils are tender.

Diabetic Exchange Values

1.5 Starch; 2 vegetables; 1 lean meat; 0.5 fat.

Nutritional Information

Per cup serving: Calories 250; Fat 7 g.; Saturated Fat 2.4 g.; Cholesterol 17 mg.; Sodium 409 mg.; Carbohydrates 33 g.; Fiber 10 g.; Protein 15 g.