Blizzard Soup

My sister Jen has been making this lentil and sausage soup for a while.  She was stuck home in a blizzard, so I was finally able to get her to write down the recipe for me.

Jen and Sal

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Lentil and sausage Soup

By Jennifer Stagnitta

This is my Blizzard Lentil and Sausage Soup.  It is a variation of my lentil soup, my friend Stephanie’s recipe and Carrabba’s Spicy Lentil soup, which we all love.  Hope you enjoy!! ☺️



  • 1 and a 1/2 cups of lentils or mixed beans with lentils (believe it or not, when I went to go get lentils at Uncle Guiseppe’s they were all out of lentils because a storm was on its way. So instead, I got mixed beans with lentils in it. You can use either.)
  • 1 lb. of Ground sausage(out of the casing)
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • one onion, chopped
  • 4 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 4 stalks of celery, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 4 – 8 cups of water
  • 4 cups of low sodium chicken broth or vegetable stock
  • one small can of tomato sauce(optional)


  1. In a large pot brown the sausage. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Remove from the pot and drain.
  3. In the same pot, heat one tablespoon of olive oil.  Saute the onion, carrots, and celery until tender. Towards the end add the garlic and saute for one more minute.
  4. Return the sausage to the pot with the vegetables.
  5.  Add the 4 cups of water and the chicken broth.
  6. Add the lentils.

It takes a long time for the soup to thicken.  Around 2 hours or so.  This will become a very hearty soup.  While its cooking or towards the end you can add more water and the can of tomato sauce to thin it out.  Serve with grated cheese on top and warm, crispy Italian bread. 

If you are interested in the slow cooker version click here.

Some other yummy soups…

Stove Top Chicken Soup

Italian Wedding Soup

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I'm a stay at home mom and my life revolves around feeding my family of four. I love to cook for my husband Matt and two boys(Matthew-11 and Dominick-9). I'm not good at entertaining big crowds. That makes me nervous! I TRY and cook healthy meals, and I TRY to buy organic. Matt likes almost everything except for olives, mustard and fancy cheeses-everything I love)! So I try to find recipes without those ingredients or sneak them into the food I make and then he picks them out... And when he likes something, he has no control. Can't stop. Won't stop! But he really tries to make good choices in what he eats. In the last five years or so we both have made changes for the better in our diet. Matthew eats very little and is very picky. It's hard to watch him eat cause he's always picking! My mom get's so annoyed watching him eat! I was the same damn way as a kid. I tortured my parents by becoming a vegetarian for 7 years! I still can't eat all meat. I'm picky. Dominick loves almost everything! And when he loves it, you know it. It's all over him and the floor. Unlike Matthew. Not a single crumb.... I am 100% Italian-I think.. I grew up in Long Island and always ate really great food!!! While the other kids in school were bringing Lunchables or buying lunch, I was eating a chicken cutlet sandwich! My mom is an amazing cook. Much better than me. I have to pull recipes and follow them. She just whips stuff up in minutes and its amazing! And my dad loves all of her food, and all food in general! Except if its too healthy, like salmon.... Most of the time when he's eating his eyes are closed. He says he can taste it better that way... My sisters both live in Long Island and our conversations usually consist of food, fashion, beauty or kids. Ali is similar to my mom. She whips up delicious meals. And they are usually healthy and light. She says she doesn't eat carbs, which is a lie. Every weekend shes at the pork store picking up twisted Italian bread, sausages, and ravioli. Her eyes light up when her 2 year old Joseph eats. Her goal in life is to feed him. And she hates casseroles. Refuses to make them. Lol Jen is very busy as a dance mom with her two girls. But when she gets in the kitchen, watch out! She cooks up a storm. Her salads are the BEST ever! Usually, it's accompanied with steak and rice or fried chicken cutlets! And there are leftovers for the whole week. The goal of my blog is to share some of my family's favorite foods. I'll let you know what works out well and not so well for me when it comes to feeding the fam!

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