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Tomato Lentil Soup with Sausage - A Family Feast

This Tomato Lentil Soup with Sausage recipe is sponsored by Hunt’s tomatoes. All opinions are 100% mine.

Brrrrr!! We’ve had some very cold weather these last few days – and all I really want is comfort food!

One of our all-time favorite types of comfort food is soup – and this hearty, delicious Tomato Lentil Soup with Sausage is the perfect meal to warm up your belly when the weather outside is cold and blustery!

Tomato Lentil Soup with Sausage - A Family Feast

Our soup has fantastic flavor and it’s loaded with all sorts of delicious ingredients! Tender cooked lentils, sweet Italian sausage, plus lots of healthy veggies including Tuscan kale, leeks, carrots, celery and Hunt’s Diced Tomatoes.

Tomato Lentil Soup with Sausage - A Family Feast

But the key to achieving a rich, deep broth for this Tomato Lentil Soup with Sausage is by adding Hunt’s Recipe Ready Tomato Paste!

Tomato Lentil Soup with Sausage - A Family Feast

Hunt’s Recipe Ready Tomato Paste is a convenient, hassle-free way to add tomato paste to any recipe. It’s the same great 100% natural Hunt’s Tomato Paste found in cans – but now available in pre-measured, two-tablespoon pouches. The easy Tear-n-Toss pouch is freshly opened when you need it – so no more wasted tomato paste!

Hunt’s Recipe Ready Paste is available in the canned tomatoes section of grocery stores nationwide. Each box contains six two-tablespoon pouches.

All Hunt’s products – including Hunt’s Recipe Ready Tomato Paste is made from non-GMO tomatoes grown in California. Hunt’s tomatoes are picked at the peak of ripeness, and go from field to can within hours.

Tomato Lentil Soup with Sausage - A Family Feast

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Tomato Lentil Soup with Sausage - A Family Feast

Tomato Lentil Soup with Sausage

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 50 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 8-10 servings


  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 pound sweet Italian sausage, removed from the casings
  • 1 cup leeks, whites only, cleaned of sand and diced
  • ½ cup celery, diced small
  • ½ cup carrots diced small
  • 2 cups Tuscan kale, chopped (Discard ribs)
  • 1 teaspoon dry oregano
  • ½ teaspoon dry marjoram
  • 3 2-tablespoon pouches Hunt’s Recipe Ready Tomato Paste
  • 1 pound dried lentils
  • 1 14.5-ounce can Hunts Diced Tomatoes
  • 2 quarts vegetable broth
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  1. In a 5-6 quart Dutch oven or heavy bottomed pot, heat two tablespoons of the oil over medium high heat.
  2. Once hot, add sausage meat and break up with a wooden spoon while browning, about 3-4 minutes.
  3. Move the sausage meat to the sides and add the remaining oil along with the leeks, celery and carrots. Stir and cook until the leeks begin to soften, about 2-3 more minutes.
  4. Add in the chopped kale and stir the entire mixture and cook to wilt the kale, about another 2 minutes.
  5. Add in the tomato paste and stir into the mixture. Reduce to medium and cook this for 2 more minutes.
  6. Add the lentils, diced tomatoes and the stock and raise the heat to high.
  7. Bring to a boil, cover and lower to the lowest heat.
  8. Cook covered for 35-45 minutes or until the lentils are soft. Be careful not to overcook the lentils. They should still have a little chew.
  9. Season with the salt and pepper and taste. Season more if needed.
  10. Use a small ladle or soup spoon and remove any fat that floats to the top and discard. (We removed about a half cup of fat.)
  11. This final step is optional but advised. Puree some of the soup but not all by either placing some in a blender or use an immersion blender and puree for a few seconds. This will give the soup a nice creamy texture but still have plenty of body.


This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Hunt’s . The opinions and text are all mine.

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Tomato Lentil Soup with Sausage - Delicious comfort food in a bowl!

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  • Lynette wrote:

    Made this today. Didn’t have veg. broth so used chicken. Added Eckridge beef sausage and Jimmy dean breakfast sausage. So yummy. Adding to my recipe book!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Lynette!

  • S wrote:

    Just made this, and it is wonderful!! A great comfort soup! I used less lentils and it turned out plenty thick. Also served it with freshly grated Romano cheese. YummyY

    • Martha wrote:

      Thank you! So glad you enjoyed the recipe!

  • Jaimie wrote:

    What color lentils can you use in this recipe? Would red lentils be okay?

    • Martha wrote:

      Hi Jaimie – We used the regular brown lentils. The red lentils (at least in my experience) cook a lot faster and are softer, so you could use them but the cook time will definitely be different.

  • tanya wrote:

    I just recently discovered lentils! They are so tasty. I am going to have to try this yummy soup! Thanks for the recipe.

    • Martha wrote:

      Hope you enjoy the soup Tanya!

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