Filipino (Pinoy) Style Lentil Soup

Hearty and delicious soup prepared the Asian way. With lots of lentils, spinach, and sausages – it’s the nutritious way to enjoy soup this fall and winter!

 

 Hearty and delicious soup prepared the Asian way. With lots of lentils, spinach and sausages - it's the nutritious way to enjoy soup this fall and winter!

 

It’s getting really cold now and I miss my favorite Mung Bean dish – Ginisang Munggo – which we often have in The Philippines. When I discovered that lentils have a similar taste and texture to my fave mungo I decided to cook it the same way and I love the result.

For this recipe, instead of the usual pork and beef cutlets traditionally added in Ginisang Munggo, I opted for Italian sausages for richer taste and texture. Towards the end of cooking, I added some spinach leaves to pack in extra nutrients!

 

Lentil Soup

 

If you’re thinking of one healthy meal to cook for your family that’s full of good flavor without much guilt, you have to try this recipe. My husband particularly loves this and little Sophie eats this with rice!

Just leave out the meat if you want a vegan or vegetarian option. Enjoy this healthy soup (or stew) during the cooler days!

 

Lentil Soup

 

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WHAT ARE THE INGREDIENTS FOR FILIPINO-STYLE LENTIL SOUP? 

  • Olive oil (or oil of choice)
  • Garlic cloves
  • Onions (medium size or 1 large one)
  • Your favorite  Italian or any herb sausage (mild or hot or a combo)
  • Reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • Dried lentils
  • Water
  • Spinach leaves
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

HOW DO YOU MAKE THE FILIPINO-STYLE LENTIL SOUP? 

Heat the olive oil in a deep pan. Sauté the garlic and onions until the onions are tender.

 

 

Add the sausages and cook until brown. Stir in the tomatoes and soy sauce.

 

 

In the meantime, rinse the lentils and drain. Add the lentils and water to the sausages and vegetables then bring to a boil.

 

 

Simmer covered for about an hour or until lentils are tender. Finally, add the spinach and cook just until it’s wilted.

 

 

Adjust seasoning with a little salt and pepper to taste. Serve hot on its own or paired with bread or rice.

 

 Hearty and delicious soup prepared the Asian way. With lots of lentils, spinach and sausages - it's the nutritious way to enjoy soup this fall and winter!

 

This soup is delicious as is but for extra depth of flavor – add your favorite spices for some heat or your favorite herbs. What a delicious soup for chilly fall and winter nights!

 Hearty and delicious soup prepared the Asian way. With lots of lentils, spinach and sausages - it's the nutritious way to enjoy soup this fall and winter!

 

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Lentil Soup
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Filipino (Pinoy) Style Lentil Soup

Hearty and delicious soup prepared the Asian way. With lots of lentils, spinach, and sausages – it’s the nutritious way to enjoy soup this fall and winter!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Filipino
Keyword filipino lentil soup, italian sausage with lentils soup, lentil soup with sausages and spinach, sausage and lentils soup
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 6
Author Manila Spoon

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 6 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
  • 2 medium onions (or 1 large), peeled and chopped
  • 1 lb Italian or your favorite herb sausage, sliced diagonally
  • 5 roma or plum tomatoes, diced
  • 2 tbsp reduce-sodium soy sauce, or to taste
  • cups lentils
  • 5 cups water
  • 10 oz bag of spinach,
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Heat the olive oil to medium in a deep pan. Sauté the garlic and onions until the onions are tender about 3-4 mins.

  2. Add the sausages and cook until brown. Stir in the tomatoes and soy sauce.

  3. In the meantime, rinse the lentils and drain. Add the lentils and water to the sausages and vegetables then bring to a boil.

  4. Simmer covered for about 50 minutes or until lentils are tender. Finally, add the spinach and cook just until it’s wilted. Taste and season with salt and pepper, if desired.

  5. Serve hot on its own or paired with bread or rice.

Recipe Notes

TIPS & TRICKS

This soup is delicious as is but for extra depth of flavor - add your favorite spices for some heat or your favorite herbs.

 

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23 Comments

  1. October 11, 2012 / 12:56 am

    Ooh, this has got to thaw those cold evenings!
    Thanks for another great and simple recipe Abby 🙂

    • October 13, 2012 / 2:38 pm

      Thanks, Jen! This is a staple in our household when the cold weather sets in. Thanks for coming over!

  2. October 12, 2012 / 10:50 pm

    Abby! This looks great! I saw it on Facebook the other day and shared it on my wall. Thanks for sharing at Foodie Friends Friday! Please come back on Sunday to VOTE!

    • October 13, 2012 / 2:23 pm

      Thank you so much, Lois for sharing it. I truly appreciate all your support and I will be there to vote!

  3. October 14, 2012 / 4:08 pm

    This looks so good. It has all of my favorites in it! I love soup season and will add this to my list of soups to make!

    Thank you for linking up to Foodie Friends Friday and hope you come back next week with another wonderful recipe!

    • October 14, 2012 / 4:58 pm

      Thanks for stopping by Cynthia! Hope you like it when you get the chance to make it.

  4. October 14, 2012 / 9:55 pm

    Wow..this soup looks delicious!! I like your blog.
    I m your new follower, please check out my blog anytime.Meriem

    • October 15, 2012 / 6:13 am

      Hi Meriem, thanks for stopping by and joining manilaspoon. Glad that you like the blog. Hope you like the soup too when you are able to make it.

  5. October 16, 2012 / 9:12 am

    I tried looking for lentils in our local grocery but they seem to be clueless about what it is. I'll try again this weekend at S&R, maybe they have some on stock. Can't wait to try this 🙂

    • October 16, 2012 / 5:01 pm

      I don't know if there's any Indian store somewhere near you, but for sure they'll have it or perhaps a health store if there's one in Manila. Hope you find it and thanks for dropping by!

  6. Fe
    January 3, 2013 / 11:34 pm

    Would love to try this tomorrow for dinner…my children will love it with rice. Thanks for the recipe.

    • January 5, 2013 / 12:41 am

      Thanks, Fe! Glad you came by and hope you and the kids like it!

  7. Anonymous
    January 6, 2013 / 11:24 pm

    Making this right now…used chicken stock instead of water but everything else the same…added some sugar, organic, cause of tomatoes…it smells so delicious….THANKS!!!

    • January 14, 2013 / 2:36 am

      Great! I am glad you tried this and I hope you liked it too. Just had this recently and simply love this recipe.

  8. April 5, 2013 / 1:34 pm

    Abby, this soup looks amazing! Just saw it on Mom! What's for dinner? on FB. I'm pinning now so I can try it later 🙂

    • April 10, 2013 / 3:16 am

      Hi Liz, thanks for stopping by! I do hope you enjoy this as much as we do. Glad you came by! 🙂

  9. September 22, 2013 / 4:04 pm

    Hi…I printed out this recipe last October (2012) and finally decided to make it…mission accomplished this morning! AWESOME! I added cumin, 2 small potatoes (cubed), 1 can of white beans (rinsed and drained) and only 2 links of sweet Italian sausage out of the casing. I am sorry I didn't try this sooner, it is SO delicious!! Thank you so much for this awesome recipe!!

    • September 22, 2013 / 5:51 pm

      Oh, I am so glad you enjoyed it! One of our favorite soups for sure! Appreciate the feedback. Thanks for letting us know.

  10. Dannii
    February 23, 2021 / 4:29 am

    5 stars
    I am always looking for new ways to use lentils, as they are so cheap. This lentil soup with Italian sausages look delicious!

  11. Danielle Wolter
    February 23, 2021 / 5:35 am

    5 stars
    I am totally drooling over this – it looks and sounds just incredible. It’s all the flavors I just love. Can’t wait to try it!

  12. Helen
    February 23, 2021 / 6:30 am

    5 stars
    Such great flavour combinations in this lentil soup! This looks like a terrific warming winter dish.

  13. Beth Sachs
    February 23, 2021 / 6:35 am

    5 stars
    Such a deliciously comforting and hearty lentil soup. The whole family loved it.

  14. Rosemary
    February 23, 2021 / 9:01 am

    5 stars
    Wow, what a perfect soup for this season. I love everything you have for ingredients and especially Italian sausages. As a huge lentil fan, I look forward to making this. Cheers.

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