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Lentil Spinach Soup

Lentils are packed with protein and are an easy change of pace from beans in soup. —Margaret Wilson of Hemet, California.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 30 min.
  • Makes
    5 servings


  • 1/2 pound bulk Italian turkey sausage
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 4 cups water
  • 1/2 cup dried lentils, rinsed
  • 2 teaspoons chicken bouillon granules
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 package (10 ounces) fresh spinach, coarsely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese


  • In a large saucepan, cook sausage and onion until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the water, lentils, bouillon and red pepper flakes. bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 25-30 minutes or until lentils are tender. Stir in spinach, cook 3-5 minutes longer or until spinach is tender. Sprinkle with cheese.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 136 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 18mg cholesterol, 632mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 3g fiber), 11g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 lean meat.

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  • kaylenn2172
    Mar 11, 2015

    Great and easy recipe. Love how simple and fresh it tastes.

  • recipehound54
    Feb 8, 2014

    I used a powdered chicken base rather than chicken bouillon granules in order to cut down on the sodium and ended up adding salt to taste. It was a good, filling soup and very healthy but, of the eight or nine Taste of Home soup recipes I've made in the last six weeks, this would rank toward the bottom of that list. I will probably make it again because it is so healthy but it isn't my fav.

  • LegalSec
    Mar 12, 2013

    I make this this soup and it was great, but I did add a few extra things. I was feeling more creative that day so I used 2 hot turkey italian sausage and added some chopped carrots, red, yellow and red peppers, red lentils, 4 cups of vegetable broth, and fresh spinach.

  • Phill
    Oct 15, 2010

    Great soup! I double the recipe but left the spinich at the one bag. Everyone eat seconds. It was even better warmed up the next day for lunch. Will make this again soon.

  • kate571
    May 16, 2010

    I absolutely love this soup!The ingredients are so simple,but,it has great flavor and it is healthy!