Lentil and Lamb Sausage Stew

I know that this post is a day late, but I’ve been sick on and off for about two weeks now. I just got over being sick a week or so ago, and I woke up this morning with yet another cold. I’ve been taking vitamins, eating well, trying to get enough sleep, but for some reason, my health hasn’t seemed to improve much. I feel dizzy and stuffed up and just all around terrible. Why, world, why?

This is the kind of thing that I make when I’m sick. It’s pretty simple, hearty, and relatively healthy. I love lentils. They cook very quickly; they don’t need to be soaked overnight like most other legumes. The way in which they are cooked can be compared to the way in which rice is cooked. Lentils have tons of fiber, iron, protein, which makes them a great staple for vegetarians or people who just don’t eat a ton of meat, but they’re earthy, versatile flavor make them perfect for a variety of different meals. Even my husband, who often seems adverse to foods that might be good for you, loves lentils. Almost every culture has a common use for lentils. This is just a meal that I threw together one night to use up some vegetables that had been in my fridge for a while, as well as some delicious lamb sausage that I got the other day. I had never had lamb sausage and it was fantastic. You can easily make this dish without the lamb, though, for a quick and easy vegetarian meal. Either way, I loved the variety of flavors in this stew. Onions, garlic, carrots, celery, tomato, rosemary…what’s not to love? I believe that this dish gets even better the second or third day, as the flavors develop and meld together.


Lentil and Lamb Sausage Stew
Your ingredients.

Lentil and Lamb Sausage Stew
Soak your lentils according to package directions (there are a number of ways to do this, depending on how much time you want to spend doing it). I soaked mine in boiling water for 15 minutes.

Lentil and Lamb Sausage Stew
Cook your sausages in your oven at 400 degrees F for 15 minutes until cooked through.

Lentil and Lamb Sausage Stew
Slice and set aside. It doesn’t matter if they cool a bit because they’ll heat back up when you add them to the stew.

Lentil and Lamb Sausage Stew
Heat some olive oil in a large pot over medium heat, then add in your diced onion, garlic, and spring onions. Saute for 5 minutes until softened.

Lentil and Lamb Sausage Stew
Add in the celery and carrots and saute for another 5 minutes or so until slightly softened.

Lentil and Lamb Sausage Stew
Add in the chicken broth, red wine vinegar, lentils, tomato paste, rosemary, marjoram, and red pepper flakes. Over medium heat, simmer for an hour to an hour and a half, stirring often, until thickened.

Lentil and Lamb Sausage Stew
When thickened, stir in the sausage until heated through. Taste and season with salt and pepper.

Lentil and Lamb Sausage Stew
Garnish with the green parts of the onions and enjoy.

Lentil and Lamb Sausage Stew
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Serves: 5
 
Ingredients
  • 1 pound dry lentils, soaked according to package directions
  • 4 or 5 sausages (I used lamb sausage - you don't have to use sausage if you want to make this vegetarian)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 onions, diced (I used 2½ because two of my onions were really small)
  • 6 spring onions, white parts and green parts sliced thinly and separated
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 large carrots, sliced
  • 3 stalks celery, sliced
  • 1 quart chicken broth (or vegetable broth)
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • ¼ cup tomato paste
  • ½ teaspoon dried rosemary
  • ½ teaspoon ground marjoram
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
  • salt
  • pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. Place your lentils in a large, non-reactive bowl and heat enough water to cover them until boiling. Cover the lentils in the boiling water and allow to soak for 15 or 20 minutes.
  2. Place your sausages on a lined baking sheet sprayed with some non-stick spray. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes or so, until cooked through. Slice and set aside.
  3. Heat your olive oil in a large pot over medium heat, then add in the diced onions and white parts of the spring onions. Saute for 5 minutes or so, then add in the garlic, and saute for another minute or two. Add in the carrots and celery, saute for another 5 minutes until slightly softened. Add in the chicken broth. Drain your lentils, then add them in as well, along with the red wine vinegar, tomato paste, rosemary, marjoram, and red pepper flakes. Stir to combine and allow to simmer for an hour or so, until thickened.
  4. When thickened, add in the cooked and sliced sausage. Stir to combine, then taste and add salt and pepper as you see fit. Serve and sprinkle with the green parts of the spring onions. Serves 5.

 

13 Responses

  1. Tina says:

    This really looks great. I’ve never tried to make lentils. Guess it’s time I try!Thank You for sharing another great recipe!Have a great weekend!

  2. Alex says:

    This sounds amazing! I have an entire bag of lentils I want to use before next weekend, so I will have to make this to get stzarted!

    Also, when I am starting to get sick I mix a tablespoon of Organic Apple Cider Vinegar (it has to be unfiltered and have the “mother”) with a mug full of warm water and then add honey until it tastes decent. The honey also has a lot of healing properties, so don’t skip it just to be tough (my roommate did that and it didn’t work for him). If you drink that a couple times a day you will feel great in no time! I haven’t had a cold since I started doing that!

    • Sydney says:

      Alex: Thanks for the tip! I hate taking cold medicine because it always makes me feel stoned or something and I hate it. Right now my mind feels all cloudy and weird from the medicine I took two hours ago and my heart is racing. My nose isn’t running as much but I hate that I have to feel all weird in exchange! I’m going to go try the apple cider vinegar thing right now!

  3. Meredith says:

    This stew looks good; I love lentils!!

    You might be suffering from allergy or sinus issues! I have them literally all the time…..I live on the East Coast and whenever I’m on the West Coast mine go away – my problems are caused by all the humidity. Maybe your move from AZ to NY is affecting you (I’ve been secretly stalking/reading without commenting for a while, hehe)!

  4. Angela Mears says:

    I don’t usually want to eat after a run, it’s usually the last thing on my mind, but this looks heavenly… And healthy!

  5. Mom says:

    I think it is the move also. Both boys had allergy and nose bleed issues when we moved from Chicago to California. I Love this picture! The white on white is so clean and appealing. I also love lentils. Loved Ironman, RD jr. is awasome.

  6. So this is cooking on the stove as I type. I’m just doing a veggo version tonight, having added some potatoes and sweet potato to the simmering lentils. Herbs will be fresh rosemary, sage and tarragon as that’s what I have. Can’t wait. Of course, my children will undoubtedly turn up their noses but so be it. It’s mother’s day and I’ll cook/eat what I damn well please. Hah!

    • Sydney says:

      Kim: I wasn’t a big fan of lentils when I was a kid, either, but now they’re one of my favorite legumes. I’m glad that you liked it and your version sounds absolutely amazing!

  7. A sensation! I threw in some (seeded) chilli and served w/ natural yoghurt, the shallots and fresh coriander. A dinner winner!

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