Crock Pot Lentil Soup with Kielbasa

Crock Pot Lentil Soup with Kielbasa | Very Culinary

by Amy on February 11, 2013 · 47 comments

Ever since these (which I’ve made 3x now), I’ve sort of fallen back in love with kielbasa. Not that I ever fell out of love, but…well…I guess it just fell off my radar. Then those bites smacked me in the face, “Hello! Remember how awesome I am?!” 

This was a comforting, hearty soup that we all Paul, Haley, and I loved – I’ve decided Trevor’s opinion doesn’t count. I think I’m 2/50 on soups with him. Thank goodness he loves bread and butter.

Even though you don’t need an immersion blender for this soup, it’s such a handy tool to own during the winter for all the other soups that call for it. And besides, I felt like giving something great away.

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Crock Pot Lentil Soup with Kielbasa
Serves 6
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 5 1/2 hours on low

• 2 tablespoons olive oil
• 3 medium carrots, chopped
• 1 small sweet onion, diced
• 3 cloves garlic, minced
• dash of crushed red pepper flakes
• salt and pepper
• 2 cups dried red lentils, rinsed
• 6 cups low-sodium chicken broth
• 6 ounces fully cooked polska kielbasa, cut into bite-sized pieces
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1/2 tablespoon dried Italian herbs
• 2 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice

Coat a 6 quart crock pot with nonstick cooking spray.

In a large sauté pan, warm the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the carrots, onion, garlic, and red pepper flakes; sauté for 5-6 minutes. Season with a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Add the mixture to the crock pot, along with the lentils, broth, kielbasa, and salt. Stir to combine, cover, and cook on low for 5 1/2 hours.

Stir in the herbs and lemon juice. Taste and add a touch more salt and pepper, if necessary.

NOTE: if you’re using smaller than a 6 quart crock, I would lesson the amount of broth by a cup. Also, this soup thickens the longer it cooks/sits, so if you decide to let it go for 7-8 hours, it will resemble oatmeal more than soup!

(adapted from Parents magazine)

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Sara May 6, 2015 at 8:00 pm

Hi this is delicious , used to make it many years ago , just wanted to mention that I shred some cabbage green only not the white core and add it to the soupca for the last 10 mins bulks it up and a little more flavour , ty for sharing


Erin April 10, 2015 at 7:35 pm

I made this yesterday – it was delicious. I forgot to add the italian seasonings and lemon juice. I’m not sure if leaving those out changed the overall flavor all that much. I will definitely make this again.


Liz July 14, 2014 at 8:39 pm

Nice lentil soup. Thank you.


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Stacie February 15, 2013 at 4:18 pm

This would be great!


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Audrey February 13, 2013 at 6:25 pm

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renee February 13, 2013 at 9:08 am

I think this recipe sounds great! and i have been wanting a hand blender like that one for some time.


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Carolsue February 12, 2013 at 11:43 pm

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Carolsue February 12, 2013 at 11:42 pm

My husband is Polish so he loves Kielbasa!!! This looks like a good recipe!


TK February 12, 2013 at 10:41 pm

looks great! i love using the crock pot for soups!


Terri February 12, 2013 at 2:22 pm

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Terri February 12, 2013 at 2:21 pm

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Crissy D. February 12, 2013 at 2:15 pm

This is a great recipe I will make for my family!Thank you!


MaryAnne Williams February 12, 2013 at 12:03 pm

What’s not to love? Yummy soup and a great kitchen tool!


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Amy Tong February 12, 2013 at 12:23 am

Nice, I would love to win this Hand Blender. I gave my old one to my Mom and now I’m missing this handy tool! :) I do need one in my kitchen!

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Joanne February 11, 2013 at 6:09 pm

Similarly, I’ve decided my brother’s opinion doesn’t count when it comes to food. Maybe the two are related?

This looks like a bowl of serious comfort if I’ve ever seen one!


jeri February 11, 2013 at 4:28 pm

I loved my immersion blender so much, I actually wore it out!


Heather @ Sugar Dish Me February 11, 2013 at 2:41 pm

Liked you on Facebook and left a comment there– I hadn’t realized that I wasn’t following you there!


Heather @ Sugar Dish Me February 11, 2013 at 2:37 pm

An immersion blender is at the top of my list of wants! What would you recommend in place of the kielbasa. I’m with Trevor on this one but the soup looks great!


Amy February 11, 2013 at 4:29 pm

In place of the kielbasa…hmmm. Maybe bacon? Maybe even ham? The thing with the kielbasa, though, is that as it slow cooks for several hours, it breaks down and melts in your mouth. OR you could leave it out, but that will alter the flavor of the soup (although I’m sure still good!)


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Elena Vo February 11, 2013 at 1:36 pm

What a delicious recipe! I could almost smell the soup here sitting in front of the computer :D


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Nancie Nelson February 11, 2013 at 12:52 pm

I have never had a hand blender but have always wanted one for my soups and have been envious of my peers who have one….a soup solution !!!!


Julie February 11, 2013 at 12:46 pm

looks delish thanks for the giveaway


Julia February 11, 2013 at 12:21 pm

This soup looks delicious! I love lentil soup, especially in the winter.


Kate D. February 11, 2013 at 11:55 am

Would love to have an immersion blender , especially for soups. With a new crock pot this Lentil soup recipe sounds great to get me started.


Jessica F February 11, 2013 at 10:23 am

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Andrea February 11, 2013 at 10:18 am

I will try this soup. Thanks, Amy. My stick blender is old and reluctant, so I’d love to win a new one!


Lynda February 11, 2013 at 9:41 am

I got a new slow cooker recently and this looks so good. I’ll try it soon.


Cher February 11, 2013 at 9:35 am

This looks yummy! And I need the blender too. : )


barbara n February 11, 2013 at 9:33 am

I love a thick rich lentil soup and this sounds amazing. Would love to win the hand blender


jana February 11, 2013 at 9:14 am

I would love an imersion blender and this soup looks great!


Tamani Cheek February 11, 2013 at 8:57 am

I love lentils and kielbosa but never thought to put them together.


Lizbeth February 11, 2013 at 8:53 am

A hand blender would be perfect for mixing my tomato basil soup right in the saucepan!


Lorri Armstrong Brandvold February 11, 2013 at 8:27 am

This looks so delicious and couldn’t be easier. I’m the only one in my family who loves bean/pea soups so I’m hoping this will convert my son and husband and, if not, it just means more for me!


Ray Mullins February 11, 2013 at 8:19 am

That looks yummy. I could see that with any kind of cooked sausage, and maybe even with the reduced fat version.


Lisa B February 11, 2013 at 8:18 am

I am seriously obsessed with soups. My large sauce pan might go on strike soon! Lentil soup is one of my favorites. I believe this recipe is goin on my shopping list for next week!


KB February 11, 2013 at 8:14 am

Keilbasa is one of my all-time loves!


kari February 11, 2013 at 8:09 am

Lentil Soup is an all time fav in my family!!


Tomi Radke February 11, 2013 at 8:03 am

Looks delicious Amy!!


abby February 11, 2013 at 7:56 am

i absolutely love lentil soup – thanks for posting!


Erinn February 11, 2013 at 7:08 am

I’ve been craving lentil soup lately… your recipe is just in time! I guess I’ll be buying some kielbasa this week!


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