Carrabba’s Sausage Lentil Soup

Carrabba’s Sausage Lentil Soup is a delicious, hearty soup perfect for a cold day. One bite, and you will fall in love with this simple soup. This soup has a great flavor and makes for the perfect dinner with a side salad. 

a bowl of homemade Carrabba's sausage lentil soup.

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Why Carrabbas Lentil Soup with Sausage is so good!

Sometimes, all you need for an incredible meal is hot soup and a hunk of crusty bread. Carrabba’s Sausage Lentil Soup is simple to make, easy to store, inexpensive, and delicious.

It’s the perfect lunch to take to work or enjoy as a light supper at home during those colder months.

Why This is the Best Recipe For Sausage Lentil Soup

This dish proves you don’t need a pantry full of exotic spices, spend a lot of money, or be a great cook to make soul-satisfying food. It’s also an ideal recipe for anyone who wants to save time by prepping meals in advance.

Not only does lentil sausage soup get better over time in the fridge, but it freezes amazingly well. So, make a double or even triple batch, and you can eat well all winter.

Recipe Ingredients

The ingredients for this sausage and lentil soup are:

  • White onion
  • Carrot
  • Celery
  • Garlic
  • Salt
  • Butter or olive oil
  • Italian sausage
  • Chicken broth
  • Italian seasoning
  • Canned diced tomatoes
  • Brown lentils
Carrabba's sausage lentil soup ingredients on a tray.

Ingredient Notes and Substitutions

If you prefer, you can use bouillon cubes or Better Than Bouillon instead of chicken broth.

You can use bulk or sausage in the casing. If you go with sausage in the casing, cut into quarter-inch cubes before cooking. The type with a thick fennel flavor is the best one to get. Or you can make your own Italian sausage.

For a lighter version, try using Italian-style turkey sausage instead.

Spicy sausage lentil soup – you can use hot Italian sausage 

Vegetarians can substitute a vegetable broth and swap out the pork sausage for a plant-based alternative, like, Vejje’s Meat-Free Italian Sausage or Field Roast’s Vegetarian Grain Meat Sausages.

How to Make Lentil Soup With Sausage

Here are the steps for making this copycat Carrabba’s sausage lentil soup recipe:

  1. Heat a heavy-bottom soup pot, Dutch oven, or large saucepan on the stove over medium heat.
  2. While the pot warms up, cut the onions, carrots, and celery into small dice.
  3. Put the butter or vegetable oil into the pot and add the diced vegetables.
chopped vegetables in a pan.
  1. Cook the vegetables, occasionally stirring until the onions turn transparent.
  2. Dice the sausage into small pieces and add it to the pot.
  3. Saute the sausage until browned.
cooked sausage and vegetables in a pan.
  1. Dump out any grease before stirring in the diced tomatoes and Italian seasoning. Let the tomatoes caramelize slightly.
  2. While the tomatoes are cooking, rinse off the dry lentils and let them drain in a colander in the sink.
  3. Pour in the chicken stock and allow the soup to boil.
  4. Stir in the brown lentils and reduce the heat. Cover the pot with a tight-fitting lid and simmer for about an hour. Stir the soup from time to time and add water as needed.
  5. Turn off the heat and let the soup sit for about 10 minutes before serving.

You can garnish the soup with chopped fresh herbs such as basil, oregano, parsley, or thyme.

bowl of homemade Carrabba's sausage lentil soup and a spoon.

Carrabba’s Lentil Soup Recipe Variations

Who doesn’t like to come home to a nice bowl of warm soup? With a few changes, you can easily convert this lentil sausage soup recipe from the stovetop to a slow cooker.

  • Sauté the sausage in a pan on the stove in oil.
  • Transfer the cooked sausage to the slow cooker.
  • Add all of the remaining ingredients.
  • Cook on the low setting for 6 to 8 hours or until the lentils are tender.

Want to have a creamy, thick soup? Here’s what you can do:

Try pureeing some or all of the soup for a thicker consistency. Use an immersion blender if you have one. Remember, never fill the top of a blender more than a third when blending hot ingredients, and be careful of splattering.

How to Serve Sausage and Lentil Soup

Serve the soup in a small cup for the starter or a big bowl for the main course.

What Goes Well With This Dish?

This soup goes perfectly with a slice of good bread or breadsticks, a little grated parmesan cheese, and some lightly sauteed spinach or Swiss chard as a garnish.

How to Store Carrabba’s Sausage Lentil Soup

Cool the soup thoroughly before storing it in the refrigerator or freezer. Cool the soup as quickly as possible by removing it from the pot and putting it in a metal mixing bowl. Float the mixing bowl in a larger bowl half full of ice water. Stir constantly.

Once cool, transfer the soup to an airtight container and store it in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Can I Freeze Lentil Soup With Sausage?

Yes. You can freeze in a freezer-safe container or bag for 3 to 4 months.

How Can I Reheat Lentil Soup?

It is best to reheat the soup on the stovetop, but you can also reheat it in the microwave.

To reheat on the stove:

  1. Thaw the soup overnight in the fridge or use the quick defrost option in the microwave.
  2. Pour the thawed soup into a pan and stir in some water or chicken stock if the soup is thick.
  3. Slowly warm the soup on medium-low heat.

To reheat in the microwave:

  1. Thaw the soup overnight in the fridge or use the quick defrost option in the microwave.
  2. Pour the thawed soup into a microwave-safe bowl and stir in water or chicken stock if necessary.
  3. Cover and microwave for a minute. Give the soup a stir and heat for another 30 seconds. Check the temperature of the soup and continue heating in 30-second increments until hot.
overhead view of homemade Carrabba's sausage lentil soup.

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a bowl of homemade Carrabba's sausage lentil soup.

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


  • In a large pot, sauté the onions, carrots, garlic, and celery with the salt in either butter or olive oil until the onions are translucent.
  • Add the sausage and cook until browned, breaking it apart as it cooks. Drain any excess oil from the pot.
  • Add the chicken broth, Italian seasoning, diced tomatoes, and brown lentils.
  • Cover with a lid and simmer for about 1 hour. You may want to add some additional water if too much evaporates 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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