Sausage-and-Lentil Stew

October 2011
Sausage-and-Lentil Stew

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Makes: 4 servings

Prep: 15 mins

Cook: 45 mins

  • 2 tablespoons EVOO
  • 1 pound sweet italian sausage, casings removed, crumbled
  • 1 onion, chopped (about 1 1/4 cups)
  • 1 large carrot, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
  • 8 ounces brown lentils, rinsed
  • 4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 head (3/4 lb.) escarole, coarsely chopped
  • Salt and pepper
  1. In a large dutch oven, heat the EVOO over medium-high heat. Add the sausage and cook until browned; transfer to a bowl with a slotted spoon.
  2. Add the onion and carrot to the pot and cook until slightly softened, 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in the garlic and rosemary and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the lentils, broth and 3 cups water. Bring to a boil, lower the heat and simmer until the lentils are tender, 25 to 30 minutes.
  3. Stir in the escarole and sausage, cover the pot and cook until the escarole is wilted and the sausage is heated through, 3 to 4 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  • An extra buck will buy you...parmesan cheese. Sprinkle 2 tbsp. grated or shredded parm over each serving.
  • Freeze the cooled stew in a freezer container for up to 1 month.
  • Thaw the stew enough to release it from the freezer container, then place it in a saucepan with 2 tbsp. water.
  • Reheat: Cover and heat over low heat until the stew thaws completely, then increase the heat to get the stew bubbling-hot.