This Italian Lentil soup recipe makes a hearty winter soup full of delicious vegetables and a scrumptious Italian sausage made with turkey that brings everything together.
There are a couple of things that make this lentil soup special. The fennel and leeks compliment the lentils' flavor and texture, making sure there's some crunch to go along with the lentils' earthiness. The Italian turkey sausage provides the soup with deep rich flavors; something missing from a lot of lentil recipes.
This soup is a great choice if you're looking for something healthy, that can stand on its own as a meal or as the sidekick for a good sandwich.
Turkey Italian Sausage
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 60 minutes
Servings: 6 to 8 servings
Prep the vegetables by chopping the fennel bulb, white part of the leeks, carrots, and celery into bite size pieces.
Make the Italian sausage by mixing the fennel seed, 2 cloves minced garlic, marjoram, oregano, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper together with the ground turkey.
Brown the turkey sausage in the same pot the soup is going to be cooked in. Browning the sausage in the same pot helps to build layers of flavor in the soup.
Once the sausage has finished browning, add in the fennel, celery, leeks, and the rest of the garlic and sauté everything for four to five minutes.
Add in the lentils, stock, salt, and pepper. Bring the soup to a boil, then turn the heat down to a simmer, add in the carrots, and continue cooking for 30 to 40 minutes.
While the soup is cooking, prep the mushrooms and spinach by washing and rough chopping them into bite sized pieces.
After the lentils have finished cooking (they should be soft, but not mushy), add the spinach and mushrooms. Let the soup simmer for another 10 to 15 minutes.
Taste the soup and adjust the seasoning as needed. Serve in large bowls with a good hearty bread.