This wholesome recipe of Sausage Lentil Soup with Kale can easily become your favorite go-to meal. Using the ingredients that are fresh and full of fiber, protein and antioxidants will add one more meal that fights internal inflammation.
Sausage Lentil Soup Boasts of Versatility
There’s no denying a fact that this easy recipe brings in its hearty taste and versatility in ingredients to many different tastes. You can use kale, like I did in this featured recipe. Or you can opt for fresh spinach leaves, cilantro, and even bok choy.
As far as sausage, feel free to use smoked sausage variety, chicken sausage or vegetarian sausages they sell in your local store. Just don’t be stopped if you don’t see the ingredient on the list you don’t have in your pantry or your fridge. The only ingredient that is required is lentils!
Lentils Benefits to Use In Your Daily Recipes
Lentils recipes are so rewarding when you start offering them to your family! Cook lentils in instant pot or pressure cooker in minutes. Add these small and delicious legumes to stews, salads, dough for desserts, cakes and bakes. There’s probably a thousand ways to cook lentils!
Want an adventure for your taste buds? Try to make this Double Chocolate Beet & Lentil Cake in your kitchen! Yes, it is a Delicious Dessert!
Lentils are Rich in Protein.
You don’t need to be a carnivore to celebrate the power of protein. Opt for lentils and beans instead. Proteins are the building and repair blocks for tissue and organs. Did you know that our bodies use protein molecules to make enzymes, hormones, and other chemicals for a million of reactions taking inside of us? That’s right, eating plenty of lentils, along with other sources of protein, will definitely supply your organism with plant-based protein.
Need More Fiber in Your Life? Eat Lentils!
Who would have thought that lentils are rich in fiber? Fiber is probably one of the top ingredients we need plenty of to thwart off inflammation that is the beginning point of many diseases. Fiber helps with blood sugar control. When you eat plenty of quality fiber, you stop your cravings, too. Weight loss begins with great food that has fiber.
Besides being a great and filling meal, lentils can be cooked in a slow cooker, pressure cooker, instant pot, and directly in a pan on the stove. Choose your preference and go with it!
Personally, I would include lentils into a Golden Dozen of Everyday Superfoods.
The lentils health benefits are many: from clear and glowing skin to stronger bones.
Add more variety to your daily diet with this Fiber, Protein & Iron Rich Sicilian Lentil Soup.
Lentils are a Great Source of Iron.
Vegetarians do know that one cup of cooked lentils contains 6.6 mg or iron, which is 37% of the RDI (16).What is RDI in nutrition? It stands for Recommended Dietary Intake that meets “the average daily intake level of a particular nutrient that is likely to meet the nutrient requirements of 97-98% of healthy individuals in a particular life stage or gender group.”
Legumes like lentils are also rich in folate, magnesium and potassium.
This recipe was inspired by the masters at Canadian Lentils, but I do change some ingredients to make it work for my family. And you can do it, too. Make this Sausage Lentil Soup with Kale your own!
And if you really need to up your intake of B vitamins, then lentils are a rich source for vitamin B complex.
Sausage Lentil Soup with Kale Cooked in Instant Pot or Pressure Cooker
Full of fiber, vitamins and minerals, this Instant Pot Lentil Soup with Sausage and Kale is a nourishing alternative to a frozen bought dinner.
- 1 lbs mild Italian sausage
- 1 medium yellow onion diced
- 2 celery stalks with leafy tops thinly sliced
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 4 cups bone broth or chicken stock
- 2 cups dried lentils
- 1 tsp red pepper flakes
- 1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes or use 2 cans at 14 oz each
- 5 cups baby kale leaves loosely packed
- 2 tsp red wine vinegar
- Salt and pepper to taste
- ¼ cup fresh parsley chopped
Hit "saute" button on Instant Pot. Add sausage and cook until meat crumbles and begins to brown, about 5 minutes. Add onion, celery and garlic and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.
Add stock, lentils, red pepper flakes, tomatoes and stir.
Place lid on Instant Pot and make sure the release valve is in the "sealing" position. Press "manual" button and set timer for 12 minutes.
The Instant Pot will warm up for about 10 minutes and then start cooking. After 12 minutes, quick-release by flipping the release valve to “venting."
Add kale and vinegar. Stir to combine and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Sprinkle with chopped parsley before serving.