Carrabba’s Sausage and Lentil Soup

Carrabba’s Sausage and Lentil Soup is a delicious and hearty soup you can make. One bite and you will fall in love with this simple soup.

A bowl of homemade Carrabba's Sausage and Lentil Soup

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Sausage and lentil soup has the benefit of being an inexpensive soup to prepare and it is hearty. I love soups like this because they are filling and they reheat well. This Carrabba’s Sausage and Lentil soup tastes even better the second day.


Carrabba’s makes everything up fresh for you. If you get the right table, you can watch them prepare your dinner right in front of you. You know your meal is going to taste very well when you look at the cooks there prepare your food with fresh ingredients.

This sausage and lentil soup is very easy to make. You don’t need to buy exotic ingredients. This soup is made with Italian sausage, onions, carrots, celery, chicken stock, and a little love on your part. You can put this soup together in about 90 minutes from start to finish.

I know you are going to love this soup. If you want to make this soup a little lighter, you can use Turkey Italian sausage. The Italian sausage is the most critical flavor of the soup. I suggest that you get the kind that you like the best. The type with a thick fennel flavor is the best one to get. Or you can make your own Italian sausage.

When starting out this soup I like to saute all of my vegetables before I add in the meat, I think makes the vegetables caramelize a little more and gives them additional flavor. You should cook this in a slow cooker if you wanted once you get the sausage browned.

Homemade Carrabbas sausage and lentil soup in a bowl.

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Carrabba's Sausage and Lentil Soup

Carrabba's Sausage and Lentil Soup is so easy to make at home. 
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Course: Soup
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Carrabbas Recipes, Sausage and Lentil Soup
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 353kcal


  • 1 cup white onion diced
  • 1/2 cup carrot diced
  • 1/2 cup celery diced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter or olive oil
  • 1 pound Italian sausage
  • 48 ounces low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup brown lentils


  • In a large pot add onions, carrots, garlic, and celery and either butter or vegetable oil. Saute until the onions are transparent. Add sausage, and cook until browned. If the sausage is fairly lean drain the excess oil. Add chicken broth, Italian seasoning, diced tomatoes and brown lentils. Cover with lid. And simmer for about 1 hour. You may want to add some additional water if too much water cooks out during the cooking process.


Calories: 353kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 43mg | Sodium: 624mg | Potassium: 594mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1375IU | Vitamin C: 4.7mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 2.9mg

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I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. Susan

    5 stars
    I used to order this at Carrabba’s all the time! I wanted some yesterday and decided to look for a Copycat recipe and I made this one! Oh goodness, it is SO good – perfect, maybe even better than Carrabba’s ha! I added a little Worchestershire and a little dry red wine, 2 bay leaves, and I wanted more lentils so I added 3/4 cup more than the recipe called for… I added them late b/c I was not sure if the original amount would swell up enough… so I let it sit overnight with burner off and it is perfect today! I am in the middle of moving so my Italian seasoning is packed – I used dried basil, dried oregano and some red pepper flakes. I would give this recipe more star if possible ha! Thanks for this!

  2. Kerry Baidin

    I have a cooking challenge as my friend has pancreatitis and cannot have fat. This soup was one of his favorites —–I can make it exactly like the recipe but I need to add something besides the sausage and still great a great favor? Any ideas?

  3. Sidney

    3 stars
    I ended up with too much liquid at the end and had to boil some of it off. Also needed far more spices than called for—maybe the sausage I bought wasn’t flavorful enough. I used more Italian spices plus some sage. I like the idea of bay leaf others have used. Overall good, but needed tweaking this time..

    • Bubba Mustafa

      I love bay in a soup. The red wine sounds good too (but hard to part with it 🙂 )
      I didn’t use them, but added a fat shot of L&P Worcestershire.
      Even still color was off from the restaurant version, very light.

  4. Susan

    I’ve seen references to bacon (regular and Italian) including by yourself Stephanie, but there’s no mention of it in the recipe ingredients. I think it sounds like it would be a nice addition to the soup but where should it be used. When the sausage is cooked?
    PS- my husband loves the Carrabba version so I’m looking forward to trying this.

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