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Italian Sausage and Lentil Stew Ingredients

  • 1 c green lentils
  • 3 links Italian sausage, whole or bite size (or any sausage you prefer– mild, spicy, low-fat, vegetarian…)
  • 1 28 oz can whole tomatoes, cut irregularly to bite size
  • 3 medium onions, finely chopped
  • 2 T tomato paste
  • 1/4 c sun-dried tomatoes in oil, cut into strips (optional)
  • 1 bunch flat-leafed parsley, roughly chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 c water (or 1/2 beer or water plus 1/4 c white wine)
  • 1 t kosher salt
  • 1/2 t black pepper
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Mix all ingredients, then bake, covered, at 400 degrees for 30-40 minutes. Can also be cooked in a slow cooker on high for 3-4 hours, or until the meat is browned and thoroughly cooked.

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Serve with a side of brown rice and roasted asparagus.

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Final notes:

  • There is nothing quite like a contest to fire up the competitive spirit.
  • Italian Sausage and Lentil Stew freezes well.
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