Italian Lentil, Sausage and Pasta Soup

Italian Sausage And Pasta Soup

When soup season rolls around, make a pot of Italian Lentil, Sausage, And Pasta Soup. It is a flavorful and hearty soup, nourishing and quick cooking, so it makes a delicious a weekday meal for you and your family.

Italian Sausage And Pasta Soup
Italian Lentil, Sausage And Pasta Soup

I try to cook healthy meals and lentils are highly nutritious. They have a low caloric content, are high in protein and fiber and support good heart health.  But, and it is a big BUT, if I told my husband that dinner was going to be a bowl of lentils he would probably mumble and grumble but would eat and probably enjoy them. Now if I take those same lentils and add some Italian hot sausage and just a little pasta, he is all smiles. I didn’t tell him that this high fiber, antioxidant filled soup is good for him. Keeping our loved ones healthy sometimes takes a little bit of strategy, don’t you think.

This is a versatile soup in that you can use either chicken or pork sausage, vegetable or chicken stock. You can use as much or as little pasta as you like or leave it out entirely. Want more vegetables, add tomatoes, spinach or kale. Prepare this flavorful soup according to your family’s tastes and I think there will be smiles all around the table.

Italian Sausage And Pasta Soup
Italian Lentil, Sausage And Pasta Soup

Italian Lentil, Sausage and Pasta Soup

Serves 2 – 4 as a main course, adjust the recipe accordingly.

  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil plus extra for drizzling
  • 8 oz (about 2 links) Italian sausage, pork, turkey or chicken, casings removed
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and diced
  • 1 stalk of celery, diced
  • 2 – 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3/4 c. lentils (I used French green because they hold their shape) sorted and rinsed
  • 1 Tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1/2 c. white wine
  • 1 c. water (if needed)
  • 4 c. stock, chicken or vegetable
  • 2 – 3 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1/2 tsp. chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 bay leaf
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 c. small tube pasta such as ditalini*
  • a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes (optional)

Sauté the sausage in 1 tablespoon of oil in a pot over medium heat, breaking up the meat into pieces, until brown. Add the carrots, celery and onions and cook until the onion is translucent. Add the garlic, herbs, bay leaf and tomato paste, stir well and cook about 1 minute. Add the lentils and mix to coat. Add the wine and scrape up the brown bits on the bottom of the pot. Add in the stock and bring to boil, reduce heat to low and simmer covered, with the lid slightly ajar, until lentils are almost tender, about 20 minutes. Season with the salt, pepper and crushed red pepper, if using. Stir in the pasta and continue to cook until the pasta is done, about 10 minutes. The pasta will absorb some of the stock so ff the soup gets too thick, you can add some water. Remove the bay leaf and thyme sprigs before serving. Ladle the soup into bowls and drizzle with a little extra virgin olive oil, if desired. Serve with freshly grated Pecorino Romano or Parmesan cheese.

*If you plan to eat the soup over several days, cook the pasta separately. Add the pasta before serving so that it doesn’t overcook.


This is a complete meal in a bowl but if you want, a green salad and a piece of crusty bread would be a nice addition. A good glass of Tuscan red wine would be great as well. The next time you think about making soup for dinner, try this hearty Italian lentil, sausage and pasta soup. I know your family will enjoy it even if they may not realize that it is also a meal that is good for them.

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100 thoughts on “Italian Lentil, Sausage and Pasta Soup

  1. Definitely soup weather here today — cold, windy, and rainy. Love lentil soups! I sometimes make something similar, though without the pasta (often, not always) and with some greens added at the end. This looks wonderful — thanks.

  2. Lentil soup is one of my favorite soups. My German girlfriend just brought some over. My husband had to add some sausages.

    1. Thank you Jenna for your nice compliment. I agree that lentils are an under used ingredient, especially since they are a great source of protein.

  3. Smiling about your hubby’s reaction to lentils. (Mine, too…) Just printed off the recipe (your pork Cordon Bleu, too) and subscribed to your blog. 🙂 Thanks again, Karen!

    1. Thank you Kim for your visit and lovely compliment about my recipes. I appreciate your subscribing to my blog and I hope you enjoy the recipes.

  4. Oh, it looks really delicious, Karen! I love lentil soup, but have never made it, you have inspired me to change that. That’s a new pasta to me and I will definitely look for it at the grocery store. It’s Halloween and we’ve had 7″ snow here today in Chicagoland. Only 9 trick or treaters, too bad! Crazy weather!

    1. Hi Pam, I appreciate your nice compliment about the lentil soup, I think you would find this an easy soup loaded with flavor. I don’t think you will have any trouble finding ditalini pasta and it is a nice addition to soups. Enjoy!

  5. Great inspiration, Karen! I had already taken out the carrots and tiny parsley roots and some grains for making soup today, and after reading your post got some salsiccia out of the fridge. Plus, a good reason to open a bottle of wine as per your instructions 🙂

    1. I’m happy that my post about lentil soup has inspired you Liz, thank you for your nice compliment and wish. Sorry that it took so long to answer.

  6. A perfect soup. I was thinking about making a soup like this for lunch on or the day after Thanksgiving. Trouble is, my daughter is a pescatarian, so I thought I’d make a meatless soup, and have meat like sausage or sliced sausages separate as an optional add-in. It’s a great recipe.

    1. Thank you for your lovely compliment on the lentil soup Mimi. One nice thing about soup is that as you saw, you can serve accompaniments on the side. I often do that with friends that don’t like cilantro or mushrooms.

    1. I appreciate your nice compliment Judy, I’m glad that you like the recipe for the lentil soup. Yes, it would be perfect for your Colorado weather.

  7. Karen, your lentil soup with sausage looks so comforting! I just know this must smell amazing while it’s simmering. I will definitely try this soon! Thank you for sharing the recipe. It’s crazy cold outside here and perfect soup weather. Can’t wait!

  8. I love lentils too, Karen! After reading the ingredients that you’ve used in this soup make me know for certain that the flavor has to be over the top! Perfect for this chilly time of year!

  9. This soup looks really good. I make lentil soup when the weather gets chilly but I have never added greens, sausage, or pasta. I´m definitely going to try this.

  10. Lovely warming soup… I’m a big fan of lentils and welcome every new recipe! I have never tasted lentils Italian way. Luckily my husband loves lentils too!

  11. Heavenly! I think the pork sounds especial;y good with the lentils and broth. Hooray for the addition of wine…it’s an addition to soups and stews that many don’t try.

    Jane ❤️

    1. I appreciate your lovely compliment on the lentil and sausage soup Jane, thank you. Yes, a little wine adds to the overall flavor of the soup.

    1. Hi Dana, So true…sometimes it is better to leave somethings unsaid. 😁 Once my husband can smell the sausage or bacon cooking in the kitchen for a recipe, I know he will like it.

  12. When our cold winds start blowing (which was about a week ago) the first thing I want is a tasty and hearty soup. We love lentils and eat them in a number of dishes and now we have one more fine recipe to add to our lentil recipe box. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thank you Teresa, I’m glad you like my lentil and sausage soup recipe. I love that bowl, I have four plates and bowls…they are from France.

  13. Karen, I made this soup (as written) last night for supper. It was so delicious! I took some over for my mom and her neighbor as well and they asked me to make it again this weekend for their game night potluck. Such a wonderful recipe — thanks again!

    1. Thank you so much Kelli for letting me know that not only you but your mom and neighbor enjoyed the lentil soup. It always makes me smile when someone tries one of my recipes and gets back to me saying that they enjoyed it. ❤️

  14. this is clearly a delicious and healthy soup karen. probably not the best time of year for it here in hot and sunny and bushfire-ridden queensland at the moment – but next year…. cheers sherry

    1. Hi Sherry, I worry so much about my Australian friends every year when your fire season starts. Yes, this would be a nice soup to enjoy when your weather turns cool.

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