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Frugal Lentil, Sausage, and Rice soup

Since I work during the week, I tend to make all our food on weekends. The most efficient way I’ve found of doing this is to make two or three big dishes which we then eat during the week. Here’s a recipe for lentil, sausage, and rice soup. It’s an adaptation of a much smaller recipe which only makes six servings. This one makes—lots! (I’m not really sure how to gauge it) You’ll need a big pot, one capable of holding 16 cups or so.


1 Sausage
2 c. dried lentils
2 c. rice (brown is healthiest)
11 c. water or chicken broth or both (if you don’t have any broth, bullion will add some flavor)
2 carrots
1 onion
1 1/2 tsp. paprika
salt & pepper to taste

  1. If not using broth, heat water and add bullion cubes. You don’t have to make the exact amount’s worth of chicken broth, but a few cubes will add flavor. Or just pour broth into the pan.
  2. Add rice & lentils. Bring to a boil and then simmer.
  3. While water is coming to a boil, brown the sausage and add to the pot.
  4. Let simmer 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
  5. Dice carrots and onion. Add to soup along with paprika.
  6. Let simmer another 35-45 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  7. Salt and pepper to taste.

This recipe costs less than $10 to make and has at least 10 servings. Most of the cost $4 is in the sausage, so you can always add more lentils and throw in some pepper for spice. Or use leftover meat.

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Sistah Ant October 26, 2007 at 9:30 am

thanks! sounds good, i might use this!

Laura October 26, 2007 at 10:10 am

Now, I’m hungry. πŸ˜› Thanks for the recipe!

Pamela October 26, 2007 at 9:18 pm

This sounds delicious. I love soup and am going to have to try this one out. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

Jessica October 27, 2007 at 5:56 pm

This looks like a great recipe, easy and fun to make while here in Palestine (if I manage to be in the apartment long enough during the day to be around while it simmers.) I wonder when it is my turn next to cook for the team . . .

mrsmicah October 27, 2007 at 6:05 pm

It’s true, J, it looks very Palestine appropriate. Except perhaps the sausage…but if you’re cooking for non-Muslims it should be ok. Or you could use chicken. Or beef sausage. Or spices and more lentils. πŸ™‚

Melissa October 28, 2007 at 5:31 pm

This sounds like a hearty soup perfect for this chilly weather. Thanks so much for sharing this!

Pamela October 28, 2007 at 7:31 pm

We tried it out tonight – it was great! We had it with some yummy bread and MMmmm! Thanks, again for sharing!

mrsmicah October 28, 2007 at 7:40 pm

Thanks for sharing that, Pamela! I’m glad you hear you all liked it. πŸ™‚

Jennifer October 29, 2007 at 10:37 pm

I would like to share this recipe at Mommy What’s for Dinner. I hope this is ok. It sounds so yummy, I’m putting it on our menu for next week.

Stephanie November 4, 2007 at 7:36 pm

Sound delicious. I love rice soups!

Lisa Braithwaite November 9, 2007 at 1:28 pm

Mrs. Micah, I make a similar dish, minus the rice and with veggie sausage. I add fennel and apple to mine. Even if you don’t like fennel, try adding some chopped apple. Adds a nice texture and a surprising little sweetness. I also stir in a little vinegar and mustard at the end. Crazy, I know. You also get more flavor from your onion and sausage if you saute them first in a little oil before adding everything else.

Christine January 22, 2008 at 10:37 am

Mrs. Micah – Thanks for this new recipe. I made the Baked Lentils and Cheese for my husband, my daughter (a vegetarian) and her boyfriend. Everyone loved it! You were right that it is very filling and made many servings. I expect to enjoy this recipe also.

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