Red Lentil Soup with Farro and Turkey Sausage

This soup is great to make in big batches and freeze. It serves about 8 as the recipe is written, but is easy to double.

Red Lentil Soup with Farro and Turkey Sausage

Light and lemony goodness. Full of healthy and hearty ingredients.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Soak Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 15 minutes
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Fusion, Turkish
Keyword: carrots, chili powder, cumin, farro, garlic, ginger, Green onions, red lentils, turkey sausage
Servings: 8
Calories: 448kcal



  • 3 cups soaked red lentils
  • 2 small onions chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh minced ginger
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 4 carrots medium sized, peeled and chopped
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 cups chicken broth divided
  • 2 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 2 lemons
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup farro
  • 3/4 lb turkey sausage casings removed
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp tahini heaping
  • 1 15 oz can tomato sauce
  • olive for sautéing


  • Soak lentils in a bowl of cold water for 1 1/2 hours
  • Rinse farro and place in a pot with two cups of water. Add a pinch of salt and bring to a boil. Once boiling lower heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  • While the farro is cooking, remove turkey sausage from casings and sauté on high heat until fully cooked. Set aside
  • Peel ginger and garlic. Mince. Peel onions and chop. Peel carrots and chop
  • Heat oil in a heavy pot. Add ginger, garlic and onion. Cook over medium heat for about five minutes
  • Add the carrots, tomato sauce and one cup of chicken broth. Cook on medium to low for another 10 minutes
  • Add cumin, paprika and chili powder and tahini
  • Add one cup of chicken broth and two cups of vegetable broth. Add lentils and simmer for 10-15 minutes.
  • Add the lemon juice. With the immersion blender, puree the mixture until smooth. This took me about 5 minutes with a 2 speed immersion blender.
  • Once the soup is smooth, add the turkey sausage and the farro. Simmer just long enough to make sure everything is warm.


Calories: 448kcal | Carbohydrates: 71g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 32mg | Sodium: 1032mg | Potassium: 1090mg | Fiber: 27g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 5644IU | Vitamin C: 27mg | Calcium: 94mg | Iron: 7mg
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