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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  1. Kandace

    I tried this soup years ago and never forgot how wonderful it tasted. Thanks for posting the recipe. I’m just a southern girl and hubby likes the same old thing, so I haven’t used much Italian sausage. (I apologize if already asked) is this ground sausage or the links? Also I saw in one post about the bacon.. what is Italian bacon?

  2. Sherry Blake

    What are brown lentils? I’m assuming they are canned? We always get this soup when we go to Carrabba’s so l want to surprise my husband with this for supper one evening.

  3. Stan J

    Made this for the first time this evening. I thought it was fabulous, a home run!

    I sautéed veggies and sausage (separately) in a skillet then added everything to the Instant pot, cooked 25 minutes on Soup setting.

    Added two leftovers begging to be used; a slice of ham from Thanksgiving (diced) and four paper thin slices of prosciutto (diced).

    Pat J’s suggestion of adding some grated Parmesan at the end was spot on advice which was followed and appreciated.

    Great comfort food I intend to add to my repertoire for frequent usage!

  4. Frank O.

    5 stars
    This has got to be the BEST Soup I have ever tasted! I’ve made it 3 times and my Wife is crazy over it (Me too)….Thanks so much for posting such a great Recipe! : )

  5. jacque

    This is a good take on it. (I had perfected this recipe on my own, but my entire card recipe collection was lost in a child based accident and I’m restarting it. But I wanted this soup tonight.)

    Carrabba’s recipe has italian bacon in it, though. I use regular because that’s usually what I have on hand, though.

  6. Susan

    Just about to make this soup on this cold winter day! Looks wonderful! Thanks for providing the recipe! I’m in Houston.

    • Ana

      My suggestion would be to salt in every part of the process, salt your veggies when you sautéed then and then when you add the rest of the ingredients check the salt and add if needed

  7. Tina Hartsfield

    Has anyone tried half spicy and half sweet Italian sausage? My husband loves the soup but it is a bit to spicy. Can’t wait to make this for him.

  8. Lucy

    Finally found time to make. Simmering now and boy does it make A LOT. Can I freeze left overs? I made with spicy Italian just because I like a little bite. Kitchen smells wonderful; making garlic bread to go with it too. Can’t wait till everything’s ready!

      • Lucy

        Thanks for reply. It was wonderful. I discovered I bought wrong lentils, yellow I think, but I don’t think it made a difference. Next time I make will hunt for the brown ones. I knew something was up when the color of mine didn’t match your pictures! Still great though. I’m bringing some to my mom tomorrow as was telling her about it, so now she wants to try. My cook time was 45 mins and I used spicy Italian. Great recipe, a keeper for sure.

  9. Majie

    Hi S
    Have loved carraba’s lentil soup forever. Most recipies seem to have someones takeoff and I don’t like to fix what isn’t broken. Thank you for keeping it simple and authentic. Glad I found your site and will visit often. Keep up the good work

    Marjie/Heath TX

  10. Lucy

    Wow. That looks amazingly good / love love love lentils! I typically don’t make soups during the summer, as it’s just too hot outside, but I may have to make an exception for this one! Like next weekend! I live in Katy TX and this triple digit heat we’ve been having lately is just brutal. I think I will crank down the AC to 50-55 for a few hours just so I can make this delicious sounding soup and pretend it’s fall already. Thanks Stephanie for your brilliant takes on the foods we love.

  11. Rebeeca Chulski

    I made this recipe. I must say it’s one of the best lentil soups I’ve ever had. Really enjoyed it and look forward to the leftovers. I used sweet Italian sausage this time but I think when I make it again I may use hot Italian sausage to spike up the flavor some.

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