Wednesday, December 16, 2015


Here is a recipe that 2nd Man makes all the time and we just love it.  It's especially good on cold, rainy days like we just had this past weekend...and so I took these photos!

Here are the ingredients you'll start out with...celery, carrots and onions.

Heat a large pan with approximately 2 TBSP olive oil.  Sauté the celery until softened and the moisture starts to evaporate from the celery.

Next, add the shredded carrots and continue to sauté until they begin to soften as well.

Finally, add the onions and sauté until they turn soft and translucent.  At this point, the veggies should all be soft and full of flavor.

Now, add 2 lbs of mild Italian sausage, you can use ground or the links with casing removed.  Continue to cook until browned and fully cooked.

Here are the final few ingredients...a whole bay leaf, a small bunch of Thyme (tied together to make removal easier), 5 cloves of garlic (you can use less), and 2 TBSP of tomato paste.

Make an opening in the middle of the mixture and put the tomato pastes.  Sauté for a couple of minutes to really bring out the flavor.

Add the thyme bundle, the bay leaf, the garlic (leave whole or chop) and the 2 cups of lentils.

Add 6 cups of chicken broth (homemade stock is wonderful in this) and 2 cups of water, salt and pepper to taste and stir to combine.

Bring to boil, reduce to low and simmer, uncovered, on low for 20 to 25 minutes.  Skim off any foam that comes up.  It will thicken and the liquid will reduce a bit.

Turn off the heat and then pour 1 1/2 TBSP of balsamic vinegar over the top and stir to combine.  

It's ready to serve!
Lentils with vegetables and sausage 
It's substantial and hearty and healthy.  You can also leave out the the Italian sausage, and substitute vegetable broth for chicken broth and it becomes a great vegetarian dish.  We love it with some crusty bread on the side.  It's even better the next day after it sits overnight and the flavors meld.


1 cup shredded carrots
1 cup chopped celery
2 medium onions, chopped
2 lbs mile Italian sausage (optional if vegetarian)
4 cloves garlic, whole
1 bunch of fresh thyme
1 bay leaf
2 TBSP tomato paste
2 TBSP olive oil
2 cups (16 oz) red lentils (can also use green or brown)
6 cups chicken broth (vegetable if vegetarian)
2 cups water
1 1/2 TBSP balsamic vinegar (red wine vinegar can also be used)
Salt and pepper to taste

See step by step of ingredients listed are in photos above.



Monica said...

Um, hell yeah, that looks wonderfulz!

Petra said...

Looks so good on a cold day like I'm having. Thanks tell 2nd man I love him ha.

jaz@octoberfarm said...

if we ever get any cool weather here i'm making this! i love lentils! it's 70 degrees here today and sunny...blah!

Sandy said...

1st Man,

Your stew looks might fine, thanks for sharing the recipe.

Joani said...

Please. Tell me what part of the grocery store do you find the tomato paste? I've looked and looked and cannot find it. It looks delicious by the way. I would use chicken instead of the sausage. Yum!

Anne in the kitchen said...

This looks really delicious.

Mike Yukon said...

I'm sure that is yummy! I long term stock Lentils because they're easy and quick to cook and they taste good also. I use them in veggy burgers and my favorite, Lentils and Rice with broth soup.

Practical Parsimony said...

I can almost smell it!

Practical Parsimony said...

I find those in the produce dept or in the aisle with other bouillion seasoning in jar.

1st Man said...

Well, we'll take that! Ha, thanks!!!

1st Man said...

Ha, thank you for that, I will pass that along to him. But you'll have to get in line, LOL!!!

1st Man said...

Lentils are so good aren't they? 70? Dang, were in the 50's here. This weather is whacky....

1st Man said...

It was yummy for sure, thank you!!

1st Man said...

We get them at either Kroger or HEB (two large chains here in Texas). At Kroger, they are usually in the section that has "Italian" items (you'd think near the tomato products). They have a section with imported stuff, San Marzano canned tomatoes, some olive oils, pastas, etc....they usually have the tomato paste, anchovy paste, hot pepper paste, etc. Now at HEB, they have them near the tomato products at one location, and at another location they are near the bouillon cubes and gravy.

And yes! chicken would be lovely! We might just have to try that too. Thanks!

1st Man said...

thank you, it's good. Try it out!!

1st Man said...

I didn't think (or know) about that and lentils. might be nice long term storage as something different than just regular beans. Thanks for that!! Have never made veggie burgers but love eating them. Might have to google some recipes.

1st Man said...

Ha, I should have added that it smells heavenly while it's cooking. :-)

1st Man said...

Thanks for this! I never thought about produce department. Grocery stores are always so weird in how they arrange stuff.

Frugal in the Valley said...

Mm can I come for tea please?

1st Man said...

You just say when!!! :-)

Texas Rose said...

This looks sooo good! I'm adding this to my soup recipe file. Tell 2nd Man thanks for the great recipe!