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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

{Git in Mah Belly} Savory Turkey Sausage & Lentil Soup

Two things happen in the Sugarplum house when the temperature drops below 60 ~
1. We all become crazy-scarf-people. Seriously, we have bins full of scarves!
2. I make a pot of soup!
We love soup, and the heartier and healthier the better. You just can't beat a meal that cooks in one pot and is served in a single bowl. I came across this recipe in the Sunday paper a few weeks ago and I knew it'd be my first soup of the season.

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Here we go...gather your ingredients:


  • 1 T olive oil
  • 2 cups chopped onion
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 4 ozs. chopped turkey kielbasa (I used the whole package)
  • 2 t. thyme leaves
  • 1 1/2 t. garlic powder
  • 1 t. paprika
  • 1/4 t. crushed red pepper
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 14 oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup lentils, rinsed
  • 5 ozs. fresh baby spinach leaves

1. Cook onions and celery in the olive oil over medium heat for about 3 minutes. Add turkey, cook and stir 3 minutes longer until turkey is browned and veggies are soft. Stir in thyme, garlic powder, paprika and red pepper; cook and stir 2 minutes.


2. Sitr in broth, tomatoes and lentils. Bring to boil, reduce heat to low, cover and simmer until lentils are tender. (Package said this should take 15-20 minutes, mine took more like 45.)


3. The next step is the magic trick the kids love to watch....Stir in spinach:


Simmer until the spinach is wilted:


Serve with butter-soaked crusty bread...and Git in Mah Belly!


Unfortunately you have to move quickly in Texas. It may have been 60-degrees when I bought the ingredients for this soup, but almost 80-degrees by the night I made it! My kids LOVED it (They aren't picky eaters, they'd starve in my house if they were!), but were sweating by their second bowls.

Here is a printable version of Savory Turkey Sausage & Lentil Soup. Do you pull out a certain recipe when the temperature dips? Do share!

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  1. Oh wow. That looks delicious! I love turkey sausage, and with the weather getting cooler this would be the perfect dinner! Thanks for posting! :)

  2. i have a bag of lentils and have yet to come across a recipe that sounded good to use them...until now. i will def. try this; thank you!

  3. That sounds and looks delish! It's on my to do list! Thanks for sharing.

  4. Super yummy. My hubby is a soup fanatic so I need some great, easy recipes! The butter soaked bread is my favorite part {he he}. Thanks for passing that along.

  5. definitely trying this recipe out!!! looks delish!

    jillian xoxo

  6. That looks wonderful and I will most definitely have to try it! My husband loves for me to make chicken corn chowder when it gets cold.

  7. I've always been a bit daunted by making soup - you make it look so easy though.

    p.s. I have those same orange plates!

  8. This sounds delicious. I'm a huge soup fan, especially in fall/winter.

    And thanks for stopping by Odi et Amo! Always nice to meet a fellow Texan blogger -- where are you at? I'm in Houston.

  9. Yum! Definitely gotta try this one. Thanks for sharing the printable version!!! And, I know what you mean about the's back in the mid 70s here in Atlanta today!

  10. mmmm... i would love to eat that. or be invited over for dinner at someone's house that is making this... {ahem... hint hint.} :)

  11. I've only made soup once, and it was a big flop- but this looks great and I'm gonna try it! You made it look easy:) And I'm a Kroger gal too! That's where the pumpkins went rolling down the aisle!

  12. That looks tasty! I love making chili and tortilla soup when it gets cold (or cooler than normal), but I will have to try this soup out!

  13. This looks yummy! I'm always amazed by how much spinach cooks down!

  14. This looks totally yummy and its freezing in the UK at the moment so its a totally perfect recipe

    Love the plate too :-)
    Rachie xo

  15. This looks delicious and perfect for my Beat the Winter Blues Party! Tomorrows topic is comfort food, come and link up @


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