Lentil Soup With Italian Sausage, Copycat , Cucina Cucina

Total Time
1hr 10mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 55 mins

Found this in our local newspaper years ago. It is said to be the clone of the Restaurant Cucina Cucina. A family favorite. I make it with spicy bulk Italian chicken sausage, as the lentils really off-set the spiciness of the sausage. I use only 2 teaspoons of the mustard, but 2 1/2 tablespoons of the apple cider vinegar.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Brown bulk, chicken Italian sausage in olive oil and butter in soup pot. Stirring to encourage the meat to be as fine as possible. When brown, remove sausage with slotted spoon, set aside. Reserving juices in the soup pot.
  2. To the juices in the soup pot, add diced carrots, onions, celery and leeks. Cook over medium high heat until tender, adding more butter if needed.
  3. Add lentils and broth. Bring to boil, stirring occasionally to prevent lentils from sticking. When this comes to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer 40 to 45 minutes.
  4. When lentils are tender, add sausage back to vegetables in the pot. Add cream, mustard, vinegar and spinach.
  5. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  6. Return soup to the boil, then reduce heat to simmer for 5 minutes.
  7. Serve hot with freshly grated parmesan cheese on top.
Most Helpful

i have tried many copycat versions of this soup and this recipe is right on target...thanks grannydragon!

dorytwo June 19, 2011

I made as directed with spicy Italian sausage. I felt the soup was very bland. I ultimately added some dried herbs (oregano, thyme, bay leaf) to boost the flavor. Because I altered the recipe quite a bit, I will not be giving it a rating.

Chicagoland Chef du Jour February 20, 2012

Just like the actual restaurant version, seriously the best copycat recipe for this soup, I was worried when it called for chicken sausage but I followed the recipe and it was amazing!!!

ratfinkshell May 17, 2011