Copycat Carrabba’s Sausage and Lentil Soup

Copycat Carrabba’s Sausage and Lentil Soup…your favorite restaurant comfort food made easy at home! This amazing sausage lentil soup is a staple at our house. So delicious!

Copycat Carrabba's Sausage and Lentil Soup

Sausage and Lentil Soup

Carrabba’s Sausage and Lentil Soup is one of my favorites, and now I can make it at home! This copycat sausage lentil soup recipe is my go to for the season

Let’s face it, I LOVE going out to eat. I get to try new foods and I don’t have to do the prep or cleanup myself…that’s one of my favorite favorite things. Sometimes its just so nice to get dressed up and get out of the house while someone else cooks for you. But sometimes it’s also nice to be able to make your restaurant favorites in the comfort of your own home. It helps when your restaurant favorite comes in the form of a super easy and SUPER DELICIOUS Sausage and Lentil Soup from Carrabba’s!

This Carrabba’s Sausage Lentil Soup copycat recipe is a favorite. I just love the flavor of the Italian sausage mixed with the lentils and veggies. It’s just so delicious! This easy soup recipe is perfect for a winter night at home and takes almost no effort at all. It’s exactly the kind of recipe I want when I cook for myself!

Do you love Carrabba’s Sausage and Lentil Soup as much as I do? Then you’ll LOVE this copycat sausage lentil soup recipe!

Carrabba's Sausage Lentil Soup copycat recipe

Sausage and Lentil Soup in a red pot

Carrabba’s Sausage and Lentil Soup (Copycat Recipe)

Carrabba’s is such a great restaurant! I constantly crave their Chicken Bryan (which I recreated HERE). Whenever I go there I eat way too much and come home stuffed. I have to get a soup, salad, entree, and of course dessert. But when I eat at home, it’s much easier to cap it at just soup (and wine).

So I love that I can now make my favorite sausage and lentil soup at home! This Carrabba’s copycat recipe is so easy, so delicious, and it tastes exactly the same.

Sausage Lentil Soup Ingredient

This hearty sausage lentil soup is filled with some amazing ingredients that make it absolutely craveworthy. I really can’t get enough of this stuff!

What’s in Carrabba’s Sausage and Lentil Soup?

  • Italian Sausage
  • Chicken Broth
  • Lentils
  • Garlic
  • Onion
  • Celery
  • Carrots
  • Zucchini
  • Diced Tomatoes

Copycat Carrabba's Sausage and Lentil Soup...your favorite restaurant comfort food made easy at home! This soup is such an EASY RECIPE and you can freeze it

A pot of sausage lentil soup next to a glass of wine and a bowl of soup

How to Make Carrabba’s Sausage and Lentil Soup

This sausage and lentil soup is almost a one pot meal. It actually could be a one pot meal if you use the stock pot or dutch oven to brown your meat, but I chose to brown the meat in a skillet first. Even so, you’ve got just two dishes to wash and tons of soup to show for it.

How to make sausage lentil soup:

  1. Crumble and brown the sausage in a skillet (or in the pot/dutch oven you use to make the soup) over medium-high heat.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a dutch oven and bring to a boil, then reduce heat and cover.
  3. Let the soup simmer for an hour, or until the lentils become tender.

You can freeze this soup for amazing comfort food that last throughout the winter season. Win freakin win. To freeze, let the soup cool, place it in freezer safe containers, and freeze for up to 3 months. To reheat, let the soup thaw in the refrigerator, and then heat it on the stove top.

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Copycat Carrabba's Sausage and Lentil Soup...your favorite restaurant comfort food made easy at home! This soup is such an EASY RECIPE and you can freeze it

A bowl of carrabba's sausage and lentil soup

Easy Soup Recipes

I can’t believe how easy this sausage and lentil soup is! Eating this stuff at the restaurant, it tastes so good you’d think it’s super complicated. But you can make a copycat recipe with ease. Simple soup recipes are my favorite thing to make throughout the fall and winter seasons. Luckily I have lots of those!

Try some of my other favorite easy soup recipes:

A bowl of soup, with a red pot in the background

A bowl of soup filled with sausage, lentils, and veggies

I absolutely love this sausage lentil soup and I know you will too! It is a little bit different than Carrabba’s, but I think it’s even better, and overall it has the same flavor. So yum!

See the recipe card below for details on how to make Carrabba’s Sausage and Lentil Soup. Enjoy!

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5 from 3 votes
Copycat Carrabba's Sausage and Lentil Soup...your favorite restaurant comfort food made easy at home! This amazing sausage lentil soup is a staple at our house. So delicious!
Copycat Carrabba’s Sausage and Lentil Soup
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins
Copycat Carrabba's Sausage and Lentil Soup...your favorite restaurant comfort food made easy at home! This amazing sausage lentil soup is a staple at our house. So delicious!
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: carrabbas soup, sausage and lentil soup
Servings: 8
Calories: 219 kcal
Author: Becky Hardin - The Cookie Rookie
  • 1 lb Italian sausage
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 large onion diced
  • 1 stalk celery chopped
  • 2 large carrots chopped
  • 1 small zucchini chopped
  • 5 cups chicken broth
  • 2 14 1/2 ounce cans diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 cups dry lentils
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons pepper
  • fresh basil oregano and shredded parmesan for garnish
  1. In a large skillet, brown sausage on medium/high heat, crumbling as you cook. When sausage is almost done, add in the garlic and allow to cook.
  2. In a large stock pot or dutch oven, combine all ingredients and bring to boil.
  3. Reduce heat to simmer and cover.
  4. Simmer for about 1 hour or until lentils are tender. If soup is too thick, add water for desired consistency.
  5. Sprinkle with basil, oregano, and parmesan for garnish.

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Nutrition Facts
Copycat Carrabba’s Sausage and Lentil Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 219 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 18g 28%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 43mg 14%
Sodium 1548mg 65%
Potassium 353mg 10%
Total Carbohydrates 4g 1%
Sugars 1g
Protein 9g 18%
Vitamin A 51.4%
Vitamin C 16.8%
Calcium 3.3%
Iron 6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Simmerimg on my stove now. SO EXCITED to taste. Thank u!!
My husband who said he does NOT LIKE lentils ( a memory from childhood.) LOVED this one. I told him it was sausage soup. Even though he could see the lentils I don't believe he realized what they were until I told him. One of the best soups I have ever tasted!! Recipe shared many, many times with GF's!!
    Becky Hardin
    BEST COMMENT EVER! My husband is the same way, so I knew this was a winner. THANK YOU for stopping by and letting me know, you totally made my day. You are too sweet!
Shouldn't a "copycat" recipe try to be the same as the one it's copying? I'm wondering if you've ever had it, because this is nothing like it. And the pictures don't look like the recipe. Diced tomatoes in a can are always uniform in size. You say crumble the sausage, but there are big chunks. There's no zucchini in Carrabba's.
    Becky Hardin
    I definitely made my own spin on the soup, but you could leave out the zucchini for sure if you prefer it that way. I did crumble the sausage but didn't break it up into super small crumbles. I know they use fennel sausage, which you're right would be a bit different. Thank you for stopping by none-the-less! I really appreciate it :)
      Hi, I was thinking the same thing but decided I will try anyway. I don't have fennel sausage but I can add it. I hope it comes out good. I need the taste of fennel when I make the copycat recipie zuppa Toscana soup from Olive Garden and feel as if I will need it with this recipie as well. We shall see...
        Becky Hardin
        Fennel Sausage in this would definitely taste fab and more like the restaurant soup. I may need to try it that way and adjust the recipe. Thanks for the rec! Hope you like the recipe without it still!!
      Becky, I made your recipe and loved it. My husband, son and grandson loved it, too. We have eaten the Carrabas version multiple times but love yours and theirs. I am making a double batch next week to take to our church Lenten supper. Thank you.
        Becky Hardin
        SO happy to get this comment Nancy!! Means so much that you stopped back by to let me know. Hope your church friends love it too!!
One of my favorite soups. So hearty & healthy! This dish is full of flavor and it lends itself well to adaptation.
Megan {Country Cleaver}
We love lentil soup in our house!! This is a winner!
Eleesa Harden
Hey Becky! I'm glad you've posted this version of the soup. I'm actually eating leftover soup from Carrabba's that I bought last night, and I'm noticing though that there isn't zucchini in it and it also has bacon in it (which I didn't see listed in your version or the one from I'm still excited to make your recipe tonight, though! :)
Cathy Hogan
Wondering what colour of lentils you used for this recipe. Also did you use mild or hot Italian sausage.
why couldn't this reipe be just one page?
Margie Dixon
Just made it. Love it! Filling, healthy and delicious. YUM. Thanks for sharing!
Could you do this in a crockpot after you browned the suave and garlic
    Becky Hardin
    I think you could although I've never made it that way. If you try it let me know! Hope you love it :)
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