Italian Lentil, 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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53 Responses to Italian Lentil, Sausage and Pasta Soup

  1. Wonderful recipe with lots of delicious ingredients.

  2. Gorgeous soup and great for supper now winter is setting in.

  3. Warming, filling and so tasty…indeed perfect for the season.

  4. Mad Dog says:

    Ha ha – I do things like that to convince myself! Your soup looks delicious.

  5. kitchenriffs says:

    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.

  6. This sounds just delicious — especially as winter closes in!

  7. David says:

    This sounds do good! Hearty, and perfect for this time of year!

  8. Sunnycovechef says:

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

  9. We love soup at our house and this recipe looks delicious — I must make it very soon!

  10. It sounds wonderful, I need to use lentils more often, thanks Karen!

  11. Love such hearty and flavorful soups in the winter. Will keep it in mind for colder days. 🙂

  12. Amy says:

    Nice warm comforting food. Thank you, Karen!

  13. Penny at Enjoying The Simple Things says:

    I love lentil soup and your recipe sounds great!

  14. Sounds and looks delicious especially this time of year. 🙂

  15. Kim Bultman says:

    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!

  16. This looks and sounds really delicious..
    A great combo of flavors.

  17. Pam says:

    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!

  18. Perfect for this time of year and very nutritious too. Also, a nice change from Minestrone soup! 👍

  19. Kiki says:

    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 🙂

  20. I’m WAY overdue to make lentil soup, but yours has inspired me. Plus, it’s in the 20’s this morning—eek!!! Have a great weekend!!!

  21. chef mimi says:

    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.

  22. All the good stuff we want when it’s cold here in Colorado. Tuscan wine and crusty bread take this over the top! So good, Karen. 🙂

  23. Eva Taylor says:

    What a great looking soup, love the addition of Italian sausage. Will get this on my menu asap! Thanks Karen

  24. Marcelle says:

    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!

  25. The perfect comforting hot dish for these chilly temos here.

  26. This soup looks absolutely amazing! Saving the recipe!😋

  27. Roz says:

    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!

  28. Larry says:

    Your soup looks delicious Karen and Bev has the same reaction as your husband.

  29. Carolyn Jung says:

    LOL Your husband sounds just like mine. If I tell him I’m cooking lentils, he shrugs. But if I tell him I’m adding sausage or bacon to them, he is all in. 😉

  30. wmegowan says:

    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.

  31. Sissi says:

    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!

  32. Debra says:

    I also love lentils, Karen. And I love soup! So here we go. This is a very tempting recipe. 🙂

  33. Sheryl says:

    mmm. . . this soup looks wonderful. I like how you used both sausage and lentils in this recipe.

  34. Such a cozy soup and hearty. Just what you need on a cool autumn day.

  35. This is the time of year for hearty soup dinners like this. My lot would love this too as they love a thick tasty soup!

  36. Delicious and I’m going to try it because I’m trying to keep my carbs to a minimum and I love lentils. Thanks for sharing.

  37. Jane says:

    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 ❤️

  38. That is so true! Best not to divulge too much information to family members before the meal! Perfect timing for this soup recipe. Thanks Karen 🙂

  39. Dawn Marie says:

    This sounds DElicious!!! I can’t wait to try making a pot of our own!! Hugs to you for sharing!!❤️

  40. It sounds delicious … 🙂

  41. Just the kind of hearty meal to combat the colder, darker days ahead. I actually have a bunch of meatless sausages on hand, believe it or not, so this is truly perfect.

  42. How delicious! It’s so cold here already that this looks like warm mittens in a bowl!

  43. Ron says:

    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.

  44. Karen this is a wonderful soup recipe and I am on a soup making kick right now, so adding to my list of “to-make”. I also love the bowl….of course. Happy November to you.

  45. 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!

  46. I Wilkerson says:

    Wow, this looks amazing Karen. I am sooo in the mood for soup and really need some new recipes. You are my savior!

  47. 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

  48. What a wonderful soup!! I love everything in it!

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