Sunday, 3 April 2011

Comforting sausage, lentil and red wine stew

There are those evenings when what you want is something filling, nutritious and comforting but don't feel like spending hours in the kitchen. It is also all made in one pot which means little washing up afterwards! This is where recipes such as this one really come into their own. The ingredients are simple and the preparation is fairly minimal. As I always say recipes such as this one are perfect to adapt to your family's tastes and preferences.

First take a large pan and fry a pack of sausages until golden (5 mins approximately). This can either be done in 1 tbsp oil or if you are watching your weight, spray oil.

Once they have browned then remove them from the pan and put them to one side on a plate. Then add two onions (halved and then each half cut into slices and the layers separated), 1 crushed garlic clove, 1 red pepper sliced (or whatever vegetables you fancy- this week I used sliced courgettes and celery) to the pan and a bit more oil/spray oil and fry for 5 minutes.

Then add the sausages back to the pan and add 250g rinsed lentils (I like using half red split lentils and half puy lentils) and give everything a good stir.

Then pour in 300ml red wine, 150ml vegetable stock and 400g chopped tomatoes and give a good season to the whole thing. 

Allow this to simmer for 20-30 minutes or until the lentil are cooked through. Serve with lots of crusty bread or some rice to soak up the juices.

Delicious, easy and filling. And is great to serve as a casual lunch with friends.

Til soon......

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