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Easy Italian Lentil and Sausage Stew

Easy Lentil and Sausage Stew is an Italian Fall Soup made with Italian Sausages, Lentils and Fresh Veggies. Healthy, Filling and Delicious. The Perfect Dinner Stew or Soup.

lentils sausage stew in a red pot


Ahhh comfort food, probably one of the best food dishes to eat. I have to say this Lentils and Sausage soup is one of my favourite Comfort Dishes.

Over the years I have become a great appreciator of lentils. Actually I have come to love and cook all kinds of Beans, from Green Beans to Borlotti and everything in between.

sausages in a pot

Whether I make an all Veggie Dish or add meat or as in this case Italian Sausages, beans are a must have staple in my home.

In Italy I have probably tasted more than my share of beans, from fresh to dried there are so many to choose from. I now appreciate the huge selection available whether Italian or North American.

Lentils sausage soup before cooked

Tuscany, the northern region of Italy,  is famous for producing beans. Cannellini, also known as  white kidney beans, are, perhaps, its most popular bean.

Borlotti beans are from the region of Veneto in the north. Borlotti beans are also considered to be the healthiest because of their high iron content.

Chickpeas or Garbanzo beans are cultivated in the south of Italy and are considered the most consumed bean in the world.

Fava beans are also cultivated in the warmer regions of Italy from the south. Italians like to eat these cooked or raw. The May 1 holiday in Italy is celebrated with pecorino cheese and raw fava beans.

If you haven’t tried them, I will say they are all worth trying at least once.

lentils sausage stew in a red pot

Lentils and Sausage Stew is a traditional and hearty comfort dish,  that makes one of the most popular Italian winter will meals.

This dish is easy to make but does need a some time for preparation, This stew is delicious served with a simple salad or a slice or two of Italian crusty bread and a glass of red wine.

I added basil in this recipe but you could also use sage or even thyme if you prefer.

Lentils are An Italian New Years Good Luck Dish

This Lentils and Sausage Soup is served just after midnight on New Years in Italy.

It is considered a good luck dish which is supposed to bring you lots of money in the New Year!

lentils sausage stew in a red pot

Do you need to soak Lentils?

The good thing about dried lentils is you don’t have to soak them over night.

You can cook them right away if you are out of time,  although it is best for digestion and to speed up the cooking time if you let them soak for at least 30 minutes or even one hour.

Cooking with Italian Sausages

Sometimes I will cut the sausages into pieces rather than cook them whole.

You can also pre-boil the Italian sausage for about 10 minutes to remove some of the extra fat and in my opinion the Lentils and Sausage Stew has a lighter taste because of that.

Of course you don’t have to boil them if you don’t want, you decide.

As with a lot of Italian soups and stews don’t forget to serve with a nice crusty Italian bread to soak up all the sauce and a nice white or red Italian wine doesn’t hurt either!

 So here’s  to Italian comfort food. Buon Appetito and Happy New Year!
lentils sausage stew in a red pot
lentils and sausage stew in a red pot

Easy Italian Lentil and Sausage Stew

Rosemary Molloy
 The perfect Healthy, Hearty Fall Stew / Soup. Full of Fresh Veggies, Italian Sausage, Lentils and Spices.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Resting Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Course Main Dish, Soup
Cuisine Italian
Servings 6
Calories 476 kcal


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4-5 Italian sausages (approximately one pound)
  • 1 large carrot chopped
  • 1 celery stalk chopped
  • 1/2 onion chopped (or 1 shallot chopped)
  • 1 clove of garlic chopped
  • 1 1/4 cups lentils 250 grams
  • 1/4 cup white wine (60 grams)
  • 3/4 cup tomato puree (passata) (170 grams)
  • 2 cups of vegetable broth (500 grams)
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • dash or 2 of hot pepper flakes if desired


  • In a medium bowl add lentils and cover with water, let sit for 30 minutes, drain and rinse with water.
  • In a medium –  large pot on medium low heat add the olive oil and the Italian sausages (prick the sausages with a fork), cook and brown on both sides, then stir in the chopped carrot, celery, onion and garlic, cook until onions are transparent (about 2 minutes) then add the lentils, stir to combine and cook for 1 minute, raise the heat to medium high and add the white wine continue to cook until wine has evaporated (about 2 minutes).
  • Add the tomato puree, vegetable broth, and spices, stir to combine, cover and bring to a boil on medium high heat, then lower to medium low, leave half covered, stirring occasionally and cook for approximately 45 minutes, or until lentils are tender and liquid has thickened. If you prefer a thinner soup then you can add more broth or water. Enjoy!


If you find the stew is too thick and the lentils are not cooked enough, then just add more broth.  Be sure to stir quite often while cooking.


Calories: 476kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 56mg | Sodium: 885mg | Potassium: 790mg | Fiber: 13g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 2385IU | Vitamin C: 8.5mg | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 4.6mg
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Updated from September 28, 2016.


  1. Delicious! My husband and I loved this. Thank you for a great recipe, this will definitely be something I do again.

  2. 5 stars
    It’s a snowy day, and I’m vaca for the week. Needed something to warm me up. I made this stew. I haven’t had lentils in a very long time. This recipe was amazing. The combination of the veggies, sausage and lentils the flavor was wonderful. I’m going to share a container with my friend, but I’m making sure I still have leftovers. I’m sure I’ll be making this often … Well done Rosemary!!

  3. Hoping to try this for NYE. Is there something I could substitute for the white wine? Not something we have and don’t know what I’d do with the rest of the bottle.

    1. Hi JoAnn, yes you could, drain them, but add them in the last 10 minutes of cooking, because they are already cooked, you really just need to heat them, so it should take the sausages about 30 minutes to cook in the soup then add the lentils last. Hope that helps, let me know how it goes.

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