Spicy Sausage, Lentil and Swiss Chard Soup

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Recipe and Headnote Molly Adams

Note*: To cook dried french lentils rinse 1 cup of lentils with cold water. Place in a medium size pot with 3 cups of water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer, and cook for about 25-20 minutes or until tender. If any liquid remains, drain and discard it. Season the lentils once they are cooked with salt; adding salt too early in the cooking process can inhibit the lentils from softening. 


Prep time 20mins
Cook time 1hr
Serves or Makes: 6


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 hot Italian sausages, casings removed
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • Simply Organic Crushed Red Pepper, plus more to taste
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • Black pepper, freshly ground to taste
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 3 medium red potatoes, chopped
  • 1 large bunch Swiss chard, ends trimmed, stems chopped and leaves shredded
  • 6 cups chicken stock, homemade or store bought
  • 2 1/2 cups french lentils, (* see note)
  • Parsley, freshly chopped, for serving


  • Step 1

    In a large dutch oven set over medium heat, add olive oil and sausage and cook until fat begins to render, about 3 minutes. Once a decent amount of fat has pooled at the bottom of the pot, add the onion and cook for about 5 minutes, or until it begins to brown slightly. Add garlic, red pepper flakes and salt and pepper to taste. Let cook for 1 more minute, or until the garlic is fragrant.

  • Step 2

    Add wine and deglaze the pan. Let reduce by half. Add the potatoes and Swiss chard stems, and cook until the potatoes are slightly tender, about 5 minutes. Add chicken stock and cooked lentils and bring to a simmer. Cook at a medium simmer for about 30 minutes, then add chard leaves and simmer for an additional 7-10 minutes, or until the leaves are very tender. Season the finished soup with salt and pepper and garnish with fresh parsley just before serving.