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January 02, 2013

3 Sausage Lentil Stew

Dried lentils are high in protein and iron, making them a good substitute for meat. If you prefer a meatless dish follow these directions and just simpley omit the sausage.

Serves 8
Prep time:20 minutes
Total time: 1:10


  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cup dried lentils
  • 1 pound Italian sausage, 1/2 inch thick rounds
  • 1/2 pound polish sausage, 1/2 inch thick rounds
  • 1/2 pound smoked sausage, 1/2 inch thick rounds
  • 1 cup onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup celery, diced
  • 1/2 cup carrot, diced
  • 2 medium bay leaf
  • 1 cup tomatoes, peeled and diced
  • 6 cups water
  • 2 medium garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/3 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar


    Heat the oil in a large pot over medium high heat.

    Add the onion, celery, carrot and saute for 10 minutes.

    Add all the sausage and garlic and cook until brown, reduce heat cover and continue to cook until the sausage has cooked through.

    Add tomatoes and bay leaves, remove from heat.

    Salt and pepper to taste.

    Add 6 cups water and lentils, bring mixture to a boil.

    Partially cover reduce heat and simmer mixture for 40 minutes.

    Stir in parsley and vinegar.

    Discard the bay leaves and serve.

    Cooking Wiser:

    To cut back on cholesterol use turkey sausage

    To save time, saute lentil in 1 tablespoon cooking oil to soften. Then add to recipe as instructed.

  • Posted by terri at January 2, 2013 01:44 AM