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Lentils with Chicken Sausage

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  • Servings: 4

This is Annie Wayte's healthy rendition of the classic British dish of bangers and mash. Instead of pork sausages, she uses chicken ones, and she replaces mashed potatoes with fiber-rich lentils.


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  • 1 cup French green lentils (7 ounces)
  • 4 cups chicken stock or low-sodium broth
  • 1 carrot, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 celery rib, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 small onion, quartered, plus 1 large onion, cut through the root end into 8 wedges
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 4 thyme sprigs
  • 1 cup baby spinach leaves, coarsely chopped
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 4 precooked chicken sausages (3/4 pound)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

How to make this recipe

  1. In a medium heavy soup pot, combine the lentils with the chicken stock. Cover and bring to a boil.
  2. In a food processor, pulse the carrot, celery, quartered onion and the garlic until finely chopped. In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil. Add the vegetables and the thyme and cook over moderately high heat until softened, 3 minutes; scrape into the lentils, cover and cook over moderate heat until the lentils are tender, 20 minutes. Stir in the spinach; season with salt and pepper.
  3. Meanwhile, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil in the skillet. Add the onion wedges and sausages and cook over moderate heat, turning occasionally, until the onions are softened, 8 to 10 minutes. Add the balsamic vinegar and cook for 1 minute.
  4. Thickly slice the sausages. Stir the sausages, onions and any accumulated juices into the lentils; discard the thyme sprigs. Spoon the lentils and sausages into bowls and serve.


One serving 494 cal, 24 gm total fat, 4.8 gm saturated fat, 39 gm carb, 9 gm fiber.

Suggested Pairing

Berry-inflected Merlot.

Contributed By Photo © Tina Rupp Published January 2006

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