Saturday, November 27, 2010

Crockpot (or Stovetop) Recipe for Double Lentil, Sausage, Brown Rice, and Spinach Soup

You can make this Double Lentil, Sausage, Brown Rice, and Spinach Soup in the Slow Cooker or on the stove!

Crockpot (or Stovetop) Recipe for Double Lentil, Sausage, Brown Rice, and Spinach Soup found on KalynsKitchen.com

A few weeks ago I made this soup on a day when my brother Rand happened to be in Utah visiting for my dad's 85th birthday party. Rand always likes to try out my leftover cooking experiments when he's visiting, and he loved this soup so much that when he went back home he asked if he could have the recipe *before* it was posted on the blog. I'm always in debt to Rand for the beautiful headers and graphics he creates for the blog, so of course I was only too happy to send off the recipe by e-mail. Rand made the soup for friends in L.A. who also want the recipe now, so I decided I better hurry and get it posted!

If you're a fan of making soup in the crockpot, this is a great recipe to cook on the weekend when you're busy doing other things. (If you don't have a crockpot, check the end of the recipe for instructions of how to make this on the stove.)

Crockpot (or Stovetop) Recipe for Double Lentil, Sausage, Brown Rice, and Spinach Soup found on KalynsKitchen.comI used this Aidell's Artichoke and Garlic Chicken Sausage for my soup, but any type of pre-cooked chicken or turkey sausage will work.

Crockpot (or Stovetop) Recipe for Double Lentil, Sausage, Brown Rice, and Spinach Soup found on KalynsKitchen.comSaute the diced onion, carrot, and celery in a little olive oil, then saute the veggies with the dried spices and garlic before you add it to the crockpot. I think this extra step adds a lot of flavor to crockpot soups.

Crockpot (or Stovetop) Recipe for Double Lentil, Sausage, Brown Rice, and Spinach Soup found on KalynsKitchen.comCut up 3 pre-cooked sausages into bite sized pieces and add to crockpot.

Crockpot (or Stovetop) Recipe for Double Lentil, Sausage, Brown Rice, and Spinach Soup found on KalynsKitchen.comThen add canned tomatoes with juice, chicken stock, brown lentils, red lentils, and salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste.

Crockpot (or Stovetop) Recipe for Double Lentil, Sausage, Brown Rice, and Spinach Soup found on KalynsKitchen.comCook that on high for 2-3 hours, or until the brown lentils are soft and the red lentils are starting to dissolve.

Crockpot (or Stovetop) Recipe for Double Lentil, Sausage, Brown Rice, and Spinach Soup found on KalynsKitchen.comThen add 1/4 cup uncooked brown rice and 4 cups chopped fresh spinach. (I used Uncle Ben's Brown Rice.)

Crockpot (or Stovetop) Recipe for Double Lentil, Sausage, Brown Rice, and Spinach Soup found on KalynsKitchen.comCook that for about an hour longer. Then stir in 2 T balsamic vinegar, cook for about 15 minutes more and serve hot. This is good with parmesan cheese sprinkled over if desired.

Crockpot (or Stovetop) Recipe for Double Lentil, Sausage, Brown Rice, and Spinach Soup found on KalynsKitchen.comDouble Lentil, Sausage, Brown Rice, and Spinach Soup
(Makes about 6 servings; recipe created by Kalyn.)

Equipment:
I used a 3.5-Quart Crock-Pot Slow Cooker for this recipe.

Ingredients:
1/2 onion, diced very small
1 carrot, diced very small
2 large stalks celery, diced very small
1 T olive oil
1 T minced garlic (from a jar, use less if fresh garlic)
1 tsp. dried thyme
1 tsp. Spike seasoning
3 links pre-cooked chicken or turkey sausage, diced in 1/4-1/2 inch pieces (I used Aidell's Artichoke and Garlic Chicken Sausage)
1 can petite dice tomatoes with juice
6 cups chicken stock (or 4 cans chicken broth)
1/4 cup brown lentils
1/4 cup red lentils
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup long-grain brown rice (I like Uncle Ben's brown rice)
4 cups chopped fresh spinach
2 T balsamic vinegar

Instructions:
Dice onion, carrot and celery. Heat olive oil in heavy frying pan, add veggies and saute until starting to soften, about 3-4 minutes. Add garlic, thyme, and Spike Seasoning and saute about 2 minutes more, then add veggies to crockpot.

Add diced chicken sausage, canned tomatoes, chicken stock, brown lentils, red lentils, and salt and pepper to crockpot and cook on high about 3 hours (or until brown lentils are soft and red lentils are starting to dissolve.)

Add brown rice and chopped spinach and cook about 1 hour more. Stir in balsamic vinegar and cook 15 minutes. Serve hot, with Parmesan cheese if desired.

Stove-Top Recipe Instructions:
Use at least 1 cup more stock or chicken broth for stove-top cooking.

Heat oil in a heavy soup pot, then saute vegetables, garlic, and seasonings as above. Add diced chicken sausage, canned tomatoes, chicken stock, brown lentils, red lentils, and salt and pepper and simmer over low heat for about 45 minutes, or until lentils are soft.

Add brown rice and chopped spinach and simmer about 30 minutes more, or until rice is soft. (Check to see if you need to add a little more liquid when you add the rice and spinach.) Stir in balsamic vinegar and simmer about 5 minutes more. Serve hot, with Parmesan cheese if desired.

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South Beach Suggestions:
Using low-fat chicken or turkey sausage and low-glycemic ingredients like lentils and brown rice makes this soup a great choice for phase 2 or 3 of the South Beach Diet. (I haven't tried it, but I'm guessing you could make a pretty tasty phase one soup with this recipe by using a little more lentils and leaving out the carrots and brown rice.)

Nutritional Information?
I chose the South Beach Diet to manage my weight partly so I wouldn't have to count calories, carbs, points, or fat grams, but if you want nutritional information for a recipe, I recommend entering the recipe into Calorie Count, which will calculate it for you.

Crockpot (or Stovetop) Recipe for Double Lentil, Sausage, Brown Rice, and Spinach Soup found on KalynsKitchen.com

More Tasty Soups with Lentils:
(Recipes from other blogs may not always be South Beach Diet friendly; check ingredients.)
Curried Lentil Soup with Cilantro from Kalyn's Kitchen
Vegetarian Lentil Soup with Spinach, Tomatoes, and Cumin from Kalyn's Kitchen
Heart Lentil Soup with Carrots, Tomatoes, and Smoked Sausage from Farmgirl Fare
Turkish Red Lentil Soup with Sumac from eCurry
Lentil Soup with Spinach and Sausage from A Dash of Sass
(Want even more recipes? I find these recipes from other blogs using Food Blog Search.)

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40 comments:

  1. Oh I can't hit Bookmark fast enough!!!!!

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  2. We love sausage and lentils here! I'll definitely be making this soon. Thanks Kalyn!

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  3. Brown rice and spinach in combination with the lentils are a great idea. I did a similar soup with chick peas.

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  4. What a great way to transition into December! I love lentil soup, and my crock pot!

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  5. Sometimes I think I could live on lentils if I had plenty of other ingredients to flavor them! Glad people are liking the soup.

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  6. This looks really good! I am on SBD, but hubby isn't (though he should be), and it's hard to find diet dieshes he likes; he's a real meat-and-potatoes man. I may have to leave out the spinach and just add it to my bowl.

    However, he LOVED your double berry jello salad, enough so that he didn't eat any more of his canned jellied cranberry sauce after eating mine!

    I also made your pumpkin cheesecake pie for me, as hubby wanted a pecan pie, and I used the crushed pecans crust as suggested in the comments. Scrumptious! I had enough filling for two pies, and I've brought one to work to LEAVE, as I ate the entire other pie by myself. I can't DO that anymore, but it was wonderful while it lasted.

    Thanks so much for these recipes--it's making my life a little easier.

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  7. Stephanie, so glad the recipes are working for you (and for your husband too sometimes!)

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  8. this soup looks wonderful. We don't eat processed meat so I might just use chicken or turkey here. Also, I've never used thyme in my cooking before but I see it now on all the cooking blogs I read - it must be "herb of the season" so I might just give it a try and see if I like it.

    Thanks for the great recipes!

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  9. I know I've really made something good when my brother requests it. This sounds delicious!

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  10. This looks delicious Kalyn. I see why Rand wanted the recipe!

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  11. This looks delicious. I don't really have access to a stovetop.. any suggestions for making it delicious without frying the veggies first?

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  12. If you don't have a way to brown the veggies, just put all the ingredients in together. It will still be fine, I just think sauteeing the veggies with the herbs brings out the flavors.

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  13. Yum! I'll have to try this recipe. Recently made some lentil soup.

    Paz

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  14. This soup looks amazing! Love that you used brown rice, I love it but it often gets overlooked.

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  15. Paz, I never met a lentil soup I didn't love. It's my favorite soup ingredient by far!

    Susan I agree about the brown rice. I love Uncle Bens brown rice; it's a long-grain rice and cooks more quickly than some.

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  16. Hi Kayln - Faced with a large amount of stock and leftover turkey after the big day, I decided to make this soup with leftover turkey. It turned out great! I made it on the stovetop, and added the turkey about 10 min or so before the balsalmic vinegar. If I were doing it in the crockpot, would probably add it 30 min - ? Anyway, I'll probably try it with the sausage another time.

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  17. Michele, I bet that's good. My brother Rand is at my house right now and he thinks it sounds good too. Thanks for sharing.

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  18. I made this today, too, and it turned out great! I used Penzey's jarred broths and did 2 cups of ham broth and 3 cups of chicken. I added a tiny bit of heat with a dash of cayenne, too.

    Your Moroccan lentil stew is one of my rotation meals that I always cook to freeze since it freezes so well. I love the red lentils in that, and I am always looking for them in other recipes.

    My husband and I both enjoy your recipes-- I can't think of one that we've tried that we didn't like.

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  19. Nicole, thanks for the nice feedback about the recipes. I like your variations for this (especially the hot sauce - great idea!)

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  20. Delicious! My whole family (kids ages 3, 6, and 8) gobbled this up for dinner. I only had brown lentils, and used frozen chopped spinach, but otherwise followed as written. It was perfect for a chilly winter evening.

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  21. Susan, I'm especially glad to hear it was a hit with the kids. Good to know that frozen spinach is good in this recipe too; I wondered about that.

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  22. Delicious! We made this recently but had to make one change (can't find Spike, made up my own combo) and chose to use 1/2lb fresh chorizo and 1/2lb fresh chicken sausage instead of the packaged. Since I couldn't find Spike, I made up a combo of salt, fresh ground pepper, cumin, paprika, chili powder, and a little curry powder. I can't wait to make it again! Thank you.

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  23. Marc, I think your version sounds great! Spike is usually sold by health foods, but any seasoning blend you like the taste of can be substituted.

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  24. I made a batch on the stovetop using some chipotle smoked sausage, and holy cow, it was just awesome! What a super recipe! I'm already looking forward to making it again.

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  25. Christeen, so glad you liked it.

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  26. We've made this three or four times already. Needless to say, we love it. I add some cumin and chipotle chili powder in with the spices. Try Harmon's own garlic chicken sausage. It's mild but adds great flavor. I also tried this soup with kale, and I prefer it. One of the best soups on the blog. Thanks, Kalyn!

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  27. Brandon, so glad you like it. I will have to try that Harmon's sausage. And I agree, this would be good with kale.

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  28. I put this together and let it cook in the crockpot while I was at work today - delicious! I used fresh italian goat sausage from the farmer's market and it was sooo good. Definitely making it again!

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  29. Allison, so glad you liked it!

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  30. I made the soup tonight. I used Turkey sausage as well but I pureed the lentil soup first, then added the sausage and 2 Tablespoons Gram Marsala. Wonderful on a cold winter evening!

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  31. So glad you liked it. My brother has become obsessed with this soup, and he's made several variations. Your blended version sounds good too.

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  32. Hi, just checking to make sure, you but the rice in uncooked, correct? And one hour in the crockpot is all it takes? Thanks!

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  33. Yes the rice is not cooked. (iPhone, sorry for short reply.)

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  34. really, really good! I wouldn't have made it if I didn't think that I would like it, but it still turned out to be a surprising amount of flavor for just a little bit of effort. I used no salt tomatoes and didn't add any salt for seasoning, and it was perfect!

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  35. If you took the rice out, would that make it phase 1???? I love lentil soup!

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  36. Kelly, you would also have to skip the carrot to make it phase one. There are some other good phase one lentils soups in the recipe index (left side.)

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  37. if substituting kale for spinach would it be s straight out swap, time and quantity-wise? I've made this recipe with spinach many times. Some of us are vegetarians and so I use the Morningstar sausage crumbles (9oz) instead of sausage occassionally and we enjoy it equally as well.



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  38. Glad you have enjoyed the recipe. I couldn't say for sure since I haven't tried it with kale, but in general kale will be a little more bulky after cooking and will take a little longer to cook.

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  39. This is just the sort of "leftover soup" recipe I needed -- I came across it on Yummly. Trying with leftover corned beef hash, chard from the CSA box, and leftover cooked white rice (so cutting down on the liquid a bit). Thank you for the inspiration and guidance on cooking times.

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