Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Carrabba's Spicy Sausage Lentil Soup

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup minced onion
3/4 cup grated and minced carrot
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 pound uncooked hot Italian sausage
2 ounces diced ham (about 1/2 cup, cut from a ham steak)
7 cups water
5 cups chicken broth
1 pound dry lentils
1 medium tomato, diced
2 tablespoons vinegar
1 tablespoon minced fresh basil
1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
2 bay leaves
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes

1. Heat up olive oil in a Dutch oven or large sauce pot over medium heat. Add onion, carrot, and garlic. Remove sausage from casing, and add it to the pan. Saute for 8 minutes, stirring often. Break up the sausage into bite-size bits as it cooks. Add ham, and cook for an additional minute.

2. Add the remaining ingredients to the pot, bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 1 hour.

3. Serve 1 cup for a "cup" portion, or serve 2 cups for a "bowl" serving.

Makes 12 to 13 cups.


  1. I work at Carrabbas and this recipe is spot-on...

  2. Thanks for sharing .. love this soup!!

  3. Just made this last night, tasted DELICIOUS, and EXACTLY like Carrabas, can't thank you enough for the recipe!

  4. The best I am making this soup!!

  5. Awesome.. best sausage lentil soup recipe out there!

  6. Best Sausage Lentil Soup out there... delish!!!! Thank you for posting...

  7. Can't wait to try this recipe! Love this soup!

  8. I made this today and it is definitely my hubby's favorite! He is the pickiest eater but loves Carrabba's lentil soup... Recipe is super close, I added minced zucchini as another element and it is perfect.


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