Chicken Sausage Soup w/ Beans & Lentils–YUM! Sure to be your new favorite soup for cooler weather…or any time of year. Super filling and hearty, yet full of nutrients.
Big news: I’m collaborating monthly with Randall Beans to create some delish (AND healthy!) recipes using our favorite beans. This is my first recipe on their site.
Being on a budget, I like to use non-meat forms of protein to bulk up our diet. Beans are always stocked in our pantry in all varieties: Black, Great Northern, Garbanzo, Pinto…you name it! I prefer Randall Beans because of the handy glass container. Sometimes I don’t need a large can for a recipe, especially salads, and I love that I can just open up the jar and rinse off what I need! The rest can be stored in the refrigerator for other meals during the week.
The Randall Beans website has so many delicious recipes, plus a coupon! I frequently browse the recipe section for new, delicious ideas. Here’s a few of my favorites:
This soup is going to go up on your favorites too–it’s hearty, yet super healthy! I lightened up the meat by using an Italian Chicken Sausage and by using the beans and lentils, it’s super filling. There are plenty of veggies packed in there too! Served with toasted bread, this can be a meal itself or a side for a salad or wrap.
Heat a large pot over medium-high heat. Add EVOO and carrot, onion and celery. Cook until heated through, about 4-5 minutes. Feel free to add any other veggies you have on hand, such as: zucchini, mushrooms, kale or any root veggie. This is a GREAT fridge cleaner!
Season with thyme and Italian seasoning. Add sausage links, crumbling with a flat spatula. After about 4 minutes, add garlic. Continue to cook until sausage is browned. Note: if you can’t find chicken Italian sausage, substitute your favorite!
After the sausage is cooked through, add beans and lentils with tomato paste. Allow to cook for 2-3 minutes, then add chicken stock and diced tomatoes. The soup will bubble for about 20 minutes, then you add the chopped spinach. Your house will smell amazing!
If you plan on freezing, you can add the spinach before serving in individual bowls.
For the full recipe, visit the Randall Beans website!
What’s your favorite way to incorporate beans into your diet? Share your favorite recipes!