Lentil and Sausage Gumbo Soup (and a giveaway!)

by Lana Stuart on February 15, 2013 · 83 comments

Lentil and Sausage Gumbo Soup from @NevrEnoughThyme

Random number generator resultsUpdate: the winner of the beautiful Hurst’s Beans clay bean pot is comment #50 from Michelle Schweitzer! Congratulations, Michelle.

Gumbo soup? Isn’t that redundant?

Well, there’s a reason and I want to get to it right up front. Because I know that my Gulf Coast friends (yes, I’m looking at you Drick) would flip out if I called this recipe a “gumbo” and there’s no roux in sight. See, a real gumbo starts with the making of roux, a combination of flour and fat cooked to a particular dark or light color depending on the recipe.

So, instead of proclaiming that this is gumbo, I chose to call it gumbo-soup. It’s definitely influenced by gumbo with its use of the trinity – onion, celery, and bell pepper – along with red pepper flakes, Tabasco, and Worcestershire, but it’s not quite as thick owing to the lack of the roux. Okay – everybody happy now?

What makes this gumbo soup so different is that it contains lentils! That’s right. I’m using lentils in place of the second protein, often chicken, that you’d usually find in gumbo. Did you realize that lentils are one of the most nutritious foods in the world? They have loads of protein, they’re low in fat and high in fiber. I’ve also read that they are helpful in reducing cholesterol and beneficial to controlling diabetes. Good gracious, is there anything lentils can’t do?

Hurst's Garlic and Herb Lentils

I used Hurst’s Garlic and Herb Lentils to make this batch of delicious gumbo soup. They’re so convenient and loads of flavor is already provided for you in the seasoning packet.

Rinse the lentils

Just rinse the lentils under cold running water. Then, believe it or not, all you do is add everything into a big slow cooker, set it on high, and let it go for about four hours. That’s it!

Prepping sausage for Lentil and Sausage Gumbo Soup

Just a note or two for you – be sure to use a good smoked sausage in this recipe. I chose a hickory smoked sausage from Conecuh, but you go with whatever you like. It does need to be smoked, though, and not a kielbasa or something like that. The smoky flavor is really important to the finished recipe.

Also, for the okra I recommend just grabbing a bag of frozen, sliced okra at the grocery store. It’s just as good as fresh and a big time saver.

The spices can be adjusted to suit your tastes. If you like more red pepper flakes or more Tabasco – go for it! I tend to go light on the fiery stuff and offer more at the table for others to add to their serving.

And, finally – cornbread makes a mighty fine accompaniment to this soup. Yum.


Lentil and Sausage Gumbo Soup
Prep time
Total time
Lentils take the place of a second protein in this deliciously flavored soup based on traditional Louisiana-style gumbo.
  • 1 pkg. Hurst’s Garlic and Herb Lentils
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 lb. smoked sausage, cut in 1” pieces
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 1 medium green bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 bunch fresh parsley, roughly chopped
  • 2-3 green onions, chopped
  • 2 cups sliced okra
  • 1 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 5-6 dashes Tabasco sauce
  • 1 tblsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp. dried thyme
  • Filé powder (optional)
  1. Rinse the lentils under running water.
  2. Combine the lentils, seasoning packet, and all remaining ingredients in a slow cooker.
  3. Cook on high for four hours or until lentils are tender.
  4. Serve individual portions in soup bowls.
  5. Pass filé powder for use as desired.
Cornbread goes very nicely with this soup.

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HamBeens bean pot

And now for the giveaway! If you’re a regular reader, you may have noticed that I’ve posted a few recipes lately featuring Hurst’s Beans products. Well, those nice folks have offered the chance for one of you to win a beautiful Hurst’s HamBeens bean pot! These coveted clay pots are handmade near the N. K. Hurst Company in Indiana and are currently only available as “prizes” for contests, auctions, and charity events. Not only would this pot look awesome in your kitchen, but you can actually cook your beans in it, too!

To enter the giveaway, all you have to do is simply leave a comment below. That’s it! Just tell me what you’re cooking for supper tonight, or how your day went, or what your plans are for Saturday. Doesn’t matter…just speak up.

Oh, and if you want, I know Hurst Beans would appreciate you “liking” them on Facebook (www.facebook.com/hurstbeans) and following them on Twitter (@hurstbeans), but it’s not a requirement for the giveaway.

Comments for the giveaway will remain open through next Friday, February 22. The winner will be determined by random.org and notified on Saturday. Open to residents of the continental U.S. only.

Note: I am required by FTC rules to disclose that I will receive compensation from the N. K. Hurst Co. for this post. However, any opinions expressed in the post are strictly my own. Always have been. Always will be.

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1 Christopher Sorel February 15, 2013 at 4:04 pm

Not sure tonight but doing brisket tonight and baked bean tomorrow.


2 claudia ellis February 15, 2013 at 4:11 pm

just printed this recipe, will be on our mealplan in the next couple of weeks! I don’t have anything on the mealplan for today, friday’s are always our “open” days. We will probably get a rotisserie chicken at sam’s or something similar! thanks for this great giveaway!


3 Monique February 15, 2013 at 4:13 pm

Love the name of your blog! I would love to win the Hurst bean pot :)


4 Lynn February 15, 2013 at 4:15 pm

I am having my 2 year old granddaughter over for the weekend and she loves Hursts 15 bean soup. I would use this beautiful pot about once a week!


5 Jake February 15, 2013 at 4:16 pm

We love senate soup and other hurst bean recipes. I would use this pot all the time.


6 Colleen February 15, 2013 at 4:18 pm

I would love to have this pot. Added your site to my favorites! Can’t wait to try some of your recipes


7 Jennifer S. February 15, 2013 at 4:21 pm

Attending a local college basketball game tonight with the family.


8 Sharon Hanson February 15, 2013 at 4:53 pm

Hurst HamBeens 15 bean soup is one of my all time favorite crock pot recipes! Now, I want to start a pot for tomorrow!


9 Tina Grindstaff February 15, 2013 at 5:04 pm

My husband is taking me out for dinner tonight, since it’s been such a rough week at work this week. Oh, and I’ve already “liked” Hurst on FB (in fact, they are how I found your site, which I am now a fan of).


10 Nicole February 15, 2013 at 5:13 pm

I’m going out for dinner. A friend has paid off her home, so she’s having a Burn the Mortgage party and paying for everyone’s food. :-)


11 Jazzmyn February 15, 2013 at 5:29 pm

I want to try your recipe!


12 Debbie February 15, 2013 at 5:31 pm

Their 15 beaner is awesome. This weekend I am trying a new to me bean however…Cranberry Beans. Thanks so much for hosting the giveaway….love your blog.


13 kim February 15, 2013 at 5:45 pm

Not sure about tonight but had 15 bean soup last night…maybe lentils this weekend.


14 marci hurst February 15, 2013 at 5:51 pm

I would soooo love to win this giveaway–with having the last name Hurst–it would make a great family heirloom for my kids–we do love Hurst Beans and winning this would be awesome :)


15 Angie February 15, 2013 at 6:02 pm

I’ve always heard that lentils are a great go-to bean….hearty and good for you. This recipe makes me think I should put on some soup for the weekend. I wasn’t aware that Hurst Beans were available with flavor packets. I really like that. Thanks for sharing with us!


16 Melissa February 15, 2013 at 6:29 pm

Hurst Beans just equals a seriously huge YUMMMM! Thanks for the opportunity to try to win :)


17 gladys February 15, 2013 at 6:40 pm

The gumbo-soup looks delicious; I can’t wait to try it. I made a huge pot of chicken noodle soup for tonight’s supper!


18 SantaCruzRay February 15, 2013 at 6:57 pm

Ham hocks and Hurst Beans sounds good about right now!


19 Britt Smith February 15, 2013 at 7:28 pm

This weekend I am smoking up 2 full packer briskets, 6 pork shoulders and making up a big pot of my smokey beans. I use Hurst Great Northerns, my bbq sauce, burnt ends from my brisket and a few other spices. I could really use the ham pot. It would make it easier to keep my beans soft, moist and warm.


20 Gail Joyner February 15, 2013 at 7:37 pm

Hi everyone, Just a comment on the beautiful weather today in the Notheast. Gives me spring fever. Hope everyone had a great day


21 Miss P February 15, 2013 at 7:48 pm

Beautiful weather also in SW Georgia. Tonight’s repast was ….. leftovers. A lovely repeat of spinach and ham quiche.
The gumbo soup looks fabulous.
Best wishes to all.

Miss P


22 Angel February 15, 2013 at 8:12 pm

I never heard of hambeens before, I’d love to try the cajun 15 bean soup.


23 Debbe February 15, 2013 at 9:36 pm

Cajun 15 bean w/ smoked pork shoulder for tomorrow. Love them beans.


24 Neena February 16, 2013 at 12:15 am

This soup looks wonderful. I will try it over the week-end.


25 Carol February 16, 2013 at 12:17 am

Spending the day at the Regionals Wrestling Tournament tomorrow, wish I had the ingredients handy for the ham & bean soup, I would put it in the crockpot in the morning and have it ready for tomorrow night! i would love that bean pot!


26 Calshondra Williams February 16, 2013 at 3:56 am

I would love to prepare all your recipes especially the original 15 bean soup fixed with smoked sausage and some homemade cornbread. Great comfort food I will be preparing tomorrow nite. I would really love to prepare it in your lovely Hurst HamBeen’s Pot. Thanks for the opportunity to win such a fabulous prize.


27 Joni Maloy February 16, 2013 at 7:38 am

I, too, make gumbo soup! I will throw in some lentils next time. Thanks.


28 Nancy February 16, 2013 at 9:14 am

We use the 15 bean mix in our ham and bean soup. love ’em!


29 Mike February 16, 2013 at 9:22 am

I’m a bachelor and while I cook for myself, I’m not going to do so tonight. No, I’m getting take-out from a locally owned and operated hamburger joint: the Pak-A-Burger. There are probably better burgers somewhere in the world, but I’ve never had them. These have grilled buns with real Texas beef patties and loads of diced onions…which should be a clue that I don’t have a date for tonight.


30 Lisa A February 16, 2013 at 10:16 am

Your recipe for Lentil and Sausage Soup looks perfect for this time of the year!


31 Marta February 16, 2013 at 11:27 am

Lentil gumbo! A perfect way to try a new soup recipe. I have the stuff. Now I need the time!


32 Maggie Malone February 16, 2013 at 3:43 pm

I’d like to be able to make homemade Boston Baked Beans. A crock sounds wonderful.


33 Jen Bouchard February 16, 2013 at 4:33 pm

We are definitely a family of bean eaters here, we have at least one bean meal, if not more, per week. Would love to win the bean pot–I should own stock in Hurst by now, lol!


34 Susan C February 16, 2013 at 6:12 pm

Love your recipe! I am hispanic and we really love our beans! Red beans and rice…any beans.


35 Tracy February 16, 2013 at 7:28 pm

My mom had a bean pot when I was growing up, but I think we only used it as a cookie jar. I’d love to have my own.


36 Clinton February 16, 2013 at 11:31 pm

That pot looks good! Lemme have it!


37 Pam Dunaway February 17, 2013 at 12:49 pm

I am so in love with this clay pot. One of my favorites to make with Hurst’s Beans is split pea soup with ham hocks. Just made a big batch, last week. Yum! Next soup is a lentil soup. I love beans and Hurst’s are my favorite, although they are extremely hard to find at our local stores, now. :( You can follow my bean board on Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/pammyjo8/beans-beans-by-the-quart/


38 Ariane February 17, 2013 at 3:43 pm

Lentils seem to be everywhere lately! This recipe looks delicious!


39 Laura LaPrad February 17, 2013 at 7:11 pm

Excited to see a gumbo-esque recipe! Sounds delish. We just enjoyed your lasagna recipe, with spinach added, for dinner tonight. It’s always a winner!


40 Rhonda February 17, 2013 at 7:44 pm

Well today is my husbands Birthday..our plans for celebration changed due to him not feeling well so it was Chicken corn chowder that my sweet neighbor brought over. ( Boy was it good ) . I did get him a Birthday cake and then my mother brought over banana pudding I think thats enough for one day. Although Lentil soup still sounds good..maybe if I win that bean pot I’ll make some.


41 Angel S. February 18, 2013 at 12:33 am

We had baked salmon, greek yogurt parfait with fruit and pasta salad. Yum!


42 Marti February 18, 2013 at 2:37 am

I have used that brand of various beans from time to time. Great product.


43 Susan February 18, 2013 at 9:16 am

I live on the Gulf coast but love the Hurst Bean Pot and your recipe! Ham, cabbage, and pinto beans on the menu tonight!


44 Amanda February 18, 2013 at 9:23 am

We had lots of pasta a red sauce this weekend… lasagna AND spaghetti! :)


45 Jamie February 18, 2013 at 9:38 am

Wow, I am actually intrigued by the flavored lentils! Who woulda thought? Very cool! And I love lentils and this soup/gumbo sounds out of this world. Really such a great meal!


46 L Crawford February 18, 2013 at 11:17 am

BBQ chicken & baked beans tonight :) YUM


47 Kimberly P. February 18, 2013 at 11:41 am

I am making homemade egg rolls and a green salad tossed with a miso dressing. Wishing I had the ingredients for your gumbo soup, though! Looks delicious.


48 Linda S. February 18, 2013 at 11:50 am

I’ve been eating lentil soup a lot lately, but had gotten away from making it myself; this may inspire me to go back to that.


49 Terri C. February 19, 2013 at 10:24 am

I almost missed your post on FB for the giveaway. Glad I found it, and love your recipes. This is a great giveaway too.


50 Michelle Schweitzer February 19, 2013 at 11:21 am

Making Philly cheesesteak stuffed peppers for dinner tonight.


51 Farrah Faye February 19, 2013 at 11:22 am

Love your recipes. We’ll make this for the weekend.


52 patricia petri February 19, 2013 at 12:59 pm

Wonderful recipe; thanks.


53 Frankie F. February 19, 2013 at 2:38 pm

Tonight is pork chop night, but lentils are tempting.


54 Emily February 19, 2013 at 11:30 pm

Lana I just liked your fan page & am so excited! Looking forward to trying some of the recipes, too much Mexican food here in Texas- I’m a Georgia girl :)


55 Max S. February 20, 2013 at 12:37 pm

I’m always on the lookout for legume recipes. They’re a great budget stretcher. Yours looks delicious.


56 Barry K February 20, 2013 at 3:19 pm

I’m glad I found your blog–great recipe.


57 Karen February 20, 2013 at 4:10 pm

Tonight, we’re having Ma Po with rice.


58 candace February 20, 2013 at 5:06 pm

I can smell the beans a-cookin.


59 Patricia February 21, 2013 at 9:24 am

I’m a new cook so we eat a lot of slow-cooker recipes. Soups and beans are favorites.


60 Tammy February 21, 2013 at 9:49 am

Hoping to spend some quality time with the family because Sunday is my birthday. YAY!!!! <3 :)


61 Irene February 21, 2013 at 10:25 am

am a big fan of 15 bean soup but I always cook it on stovetop but now I’m going to try it in my slow cooker,it will be so much easier for me…


62 Catlyn L February 21, 2013 at 11:26 am

I hope to make some spicy black bean soup!


63 kathy February 21, 2013 at 12:18 pm

I am desperately trying to find the pinto beans in my hometown, but not having any luck. I want to try the “drunken beans” recipe I found on another website using your benas.


64 Sur February 21, 2013 at 1:32 pm

Beans and cornbread are a staple in our home! The bean pot would make a nice addition to my kitchen!


65 Fran February 21, 2013 at 1:51 pm

A bean pot would mean more economical meals for my family.


66 Herb G February 21, 2013 at 2:10 pm

As the family cook, I try to have at least one day each week as a vegetarian day.

Beans are the mainstay of these meals


67 Michael Williams February 21, 2013 at 3:09 pm

It’s the Hurst 15 Bean Soup (with extra ham added) as the week-end treat for my family!


68 Olivia February 21, 2013 at 4:24 pm

I’ve never seen the Hurst brand–but I’ll ask my grocer.


69 Paloma February 21, 2013 at 5:31 pm

I feel lucky to have found your site. Your soop recipe is slated for this weekend.


70 Kristen M. February 21, 2013 at 6:46 pm

This soup looks delicious. I have never cooked with a bean pot. I love beans but I’m still looking for the perfect baked bean recipe. For some reason my kids love baked beans from a can but won’t eat mine. Hmph.


71 Kim R February 21, 2013 at 11:38 pm

Wow, I would love to own that bean pot! Mine is too small!!


72 Pamela February 22, 2013 at 8:38 am

Soup warms up a cold winter’s day…


73 Corrine February 22, 2013 at 11:17 am

We are just discovering the wide world of beans. Your lentil soup looks delish.


74 sue schempp February 22, 2013 at 12:03 pm

Beans are great in your diet!


75 Tamma Borzotra February 22, 2013 at 12:11 pm

I wish Summer would hurry and get here! I will miss eating soup and drinking hot chocolate, but I will deal with that!


76 Elaine X. February 22, 2013 at 12:55 pm

My toddler loves eating beans. Just a simple bean soup satisfies her. Thank you for this giveaway.


77 Ilene February 22, 2013 at 1:50 pm

I’m amazed at the versatility of beans and lentils. A bean pot would expand our possibilities.


78 Dee February 22, 2013 at 9:28 pm

I made beef vegetable soup in the crockpot today :o) I have always wanted a bean pot. Fun contest; thanks!


79 Carolsue February 22, 2013 at 11:22 pm

Just finished dinner — it was a copykat recipe of Chile’s Monterey Chicken and a salad


80 Shellie Thomas February 28, 2013 at 4:42 pm

I love the look of the Bean Pot! It reminds me of my Mother’s Bean Pot when I was a child. I am cooking 15 bean soup for dinner, but after seeing your Lentil and Gumbo recipe, I might change my mind, and make that! :-)


81 Patricia Wilson April 2, 2013 at 4:43 pm

We’re having pasta primavera with pasta, smoked sausage, cannellini beans and additional fresh vegetables.


82 Sue February 16, 2014 at 4:09 pm

Crockpot Kraut, Sausage and Potatoes.


83 Erin February 18, 2015 at 12:56 pm

Can’t wait to try this one!


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