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Lentil & Chicken Sausage Stew

This hearty and healthy stew will warm your family right down to their toes! Serve with cornbread or rolls to soak up every last morsel. —Jan Valdez, Chicago, Illinois
  • 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


  • 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.
Nutrition 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: 2 lean meat, 2 vegetable, 1 starch.

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  • Steve
    Oct 28, 2020

    Great soup. I used hot italian sausage in it. Very easy and delicious.

  • KarenKeefe
    Aug 10, 2020

    Easy, hearty and delicious! And low calorie!

  • ellimaye1
    Jan 11, 2018

    I agree that it could have used more flavor. I think I would have liked it better with beef. I probably won't make it again; however, my husband loved it.

  • robbrd
    Nov 10, 2017

    Winner in our house. This one is going in our book of favorites. My oldest wasn't thrilled with it. He said it was good, just not his type of food. He said you should like it because it is healthy but the lentils were throwing him off. He isn't a soup person in general. The other 3 liked it and one 1 LOVED it. Means another dinner I rocked with a recipe from here.

  • Joanna
    Oct 19, 2017

    I usually get annoyed when I see changes to a recipe, but I wanted to try this recipe. I was short on time and I had no choice but to substitute what I had. I love lentils, but I only had the whole small red ones. and I only had a package of 4 bratwurst sausages. And I had no broth. I had to use water, but the rest I did the same. Oh and I cooked it in my pressure cooker (my new best kitchen friend) for a half hour instead. And it was so super good! And looking at the nutritional information, it sure is a healthy dish. Thanks! I will be making this again and again!

  • jrlech
    Apr 27, 2017

    This was delicious - my kids even liked it. I doubled the carrots and added a couple of potatoes.

  • swlists
    Apr 9, 2017

    It was good but not great, the lentils could have used more cooking time. I would need to double the sausage next time.

  • nickl80
    Feb 11, 2017

    I thought it was a bit bland.

  • Nancn58
    Jan 7, 2017

    This is a great recipe. My husband and I loved it. We had it for New Year's Day dinner. Then we ate the leftovers later in the week and it was even better.

  • rmbarr059
    Nov 23, 2016

    It was good, but I have to admit that I expected a little more flavor based on all the wonderful reviews. It wasn't bad, but it definitely was not my favorite.