When the boys were young, I looked for ways to add vegetables to their food without their knowledge. For example, a spinach casserole that had a ton of cheese in it to mask the taste, potatoes fried with onions and mushrooms, and kale were thrown into tomato soup. You get the drill! As a result, when I found this Lentil Soup with Sweet Potatoes, Spinach, and Sausage I ran to make this for our family.
A few years ago I collected recipes from all of my cousins and created a family cookbook. One recipe, in particular, sent to me by my cousin Barb, was for a Lentil Soup with Sweet Potatoes. The soup was delicious and yet I wanted to take it up a notch. So, I added kale (or spinach) and some smoked sausage to this soup and it became a meal in itself. I serve it with a salad and it is now a light lunch or dinner.
Easy ideas for your soup
This is a quick and easy recipe that can be made just before dinner. Choose the sausage of your choice, or omit it altogether, but we have always preferred Turkey Smoked Sausage. My husband doesn't like spicy foods but there are other wonderful choices that pair well in this soup.
I made this soup with an unusual vegetable broth called Ocean's Halo. It's pictured below. This broth was at our local health food store and it was amazing! However, my favorite go-to broth is Better Than Bouillon if I don't have time to make it homemade. If my sausage of choice is beef-based then I typically use a beef broth. When I use turkey or chicken sausage then I switch the broth to a chicken broth. I always use a low sodium version then adjust the seasonings at the end.
Once you have made this soup you may find that the lentils absorb most of the broth. Don't hesitate to add more broth the next day when eating what is left!
Lentil Soup with Sweet Potatoes, Spinach, and Sausage
- 1 Large Soup Pot
- 1 lb lentils
- 1 onion chopped
- 2 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic chopped
- 1 sweet potato peeled and chopped
- 2 cup baby spinach
- 13 oz turkey smoked sausage sliced
- 8 cup vegetable broth
- 2 bay leaves
- S & P to taste
- Saute onions in the oil until wilted. Add the garlic and saute for another minute.
- Add the potato and saute for another 2 minutes.
- Add the sausage, spinach, broth, and bay leaves.
- Bring to a boil then simmer for 40 minutes covered.
- S & P to taste. Serve.