Lentil & Sausage Stew

My mum used to make something like this, I don’t have a recipe so today I made one up. It was very tasty, possibly a little salty. It’s as easy to measure the lentils in the jug as you need 5x the quantity of liquid to cook them in.

Here’s what I did


  • 1/4 pint of green lentils
  • 1/2 pint chicken stock (or vegetable)
  • 3/4 pint ham stock
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tblsp tomato purée
  • 1 tin chopped tomatoes
  • 1 packet of kabanos (smoked pork sausage)
  • 1tsp sugar
  • black pepper
  • a little oil


Rinse lentils thoroughly in cold water. Heat the oil gently in the pan and add the tomato purée and the sugar, cook lightly stirring until the sugars in the paste start to caramelise add the garlic. Add the rinsed lentils and stock and bring to the boil. Boil for 10 minutes then reduce the heat to a simmer, add the tinned tomato and season with pepper – the stock is salty enough so you won’t need to add salt. Simmer for at least 35 minutes until the lentils are tender. Slice the sausage and add to the pot. Add water if needed – it should be wet but not soupy. I cook for a further 15 minutes, heating the sausage and letting the flavours develop.

I had it with rice, but crusty bread would do.


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