Lentil & Chicken Sausage Stew Recipe
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Lentil & Chicken Sausage Stew Recipe

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This hearty and healthy soup will warm up your family members right down to their toes! It’s packed with veggies and warm tastes of autumn. Serve with corn bread or rolls to soak up every last morsel. —Jan Valdez, Chicago, Illinois
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 8 hours
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 8 hours
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 carton (32 ounces) reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 3 fully cooked spicy chicken sausage links (3 ounces each), cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 1 cup dried lentils, rinsed
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, chopped
  • 1 celery rib, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cups: 231 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 33mg cholesterol, 803mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 13g fiber), 19g protein Diabetic Exchanges:1 starch, 2 lean meat 2 vegetabl


  1. In a 4- or 5-qt. slow cooker, combine all ingredients. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours or until lentils are tender. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Lentil & Chicken Sausage Stew in Healthy Cooking October/November 2011, p33

Light-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir.

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Reviewed Jan. 24, 2016

"Great weeknight meal! I added some chopped kale towards the last hour of cooking. Will make again!"

Reviewed Nov. 10, 2015

"I found this to be a bit too watery to be a stew. Stews are supposed to be thicker. Otherwise it's just soup. I decided to let it cook a little longer to hopefully thicken it up. By then the sausage I used was rubbery and tasteless. Even before I let it cook longer, I found it to not have much flavor, it was very bland. I'm not sure I'd try this again. I'd really have to change quite a bit."

Reviewed Oct. 26, 2015

"I made this stew last night and my husband and I both loved it, I added a few diced red potatoes I needed to use. I did use dried thyme leaves and just the 14.5 ounce can of diced tomatoes. This soup has great flavor and is hearty without feeling heavy. I served cornbread on the side. I will be making this often during the coming cooler months ahead. Thanks for a great recipe!"

Reviewed Oct. 2, 2015

"To the reviewer who said it was too high in sodium.....Here are a few ways to reduce that sodium. 1) Read the sodium count on various packages of sausage. You can easily save over 100 mg just by buying a different sausage. 2) use half the celery...it is high in sodium. 3) Sub 1/2 the amt. of low sodium chicken broth ( 2 Cups) for 2 to 3 envelopes Herbox NO Sodium envelopes and 2 to 3 C. Water. ADD in more thyme leaves....FRESH or dried thyme LEAVES....GROUND dried thyme is far to easy to over do which ruins the taste. Try Shady Brook hot Italian turkey Saisage....Ot is not too hot but has great flavor. ( and fat/sodium is less than most brands). I Double or triple the carrot and increase onion to 1 extra large. For garlic I use the jar minced type...usually 2 t. I also add 1 chopped green bell pepper.PLUS 1/2 C Paul Newmans Medium Salsa....Read the lable carefully b/c he sells LOTS of salsa types ( like peach etc which would definitely not work in this recipe)."

Reviewed Sep. 27, 2015

"I am so disappointed, this soup has 40% of recommended Daily allowance of sodium, way to high for this soup to be healthy!"

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