Italian Sausage and Roasted Red Pepper Lentil Stew

Italian Sausage and Roasted Red Pepper Lentil Stew


Last week while I was enjoying my lentil stew with Italian sausage and kale I noted how green it was. One thought led to another and the next thing that I was thinking about was red lentils and how a red lentil stew would be nice. Since I still had the remaining half a pound of the Italian sausage that needed to be finished the choice was easy to make. I started with the green lentil stew recipe and replaced the green de puy lentils with red lentils. From there I removed the green kale and replaced it with some tomatoes. I still have a freezer full of roasted red peppers from the fall and I could not resist adding a few of them for even more red. With that I had my red lentil stew recipe. Since I was planning on making some cheesy garlic bread to go with the stew, I threw the rind from that into the stew to add even more flavour. This stew was really easy to make with the hardest part being chopping all of the vegetables but it was well worth the effort! The roasted red peppers went really well with the Italian sausage and red lentils and they really added a ton of flavour to the stew. Although the same amount of red lentils as de puy lentils did not make as predominant a showing in this stew, the red lentil version was definitely tastier!

Italian Sausage and Roasted Red Pepper Lentil Stew

(makes 4-6 servings)
Printable Recipe

Ingredients:
1/2 pound Italian sausage (casing removed and crumbled)
1 tablespoon oil
1 onion (diced)
1 carrot (diced)
2 stalks celery (diced)
2 cloves garlic (chopped)
chili pepper flakes to taste
1 cup red wine
1 cup red lentils
2 cups chicken stock
1 (14 ounce) can diced tomatoes
2 roasted red peppers (sliced into bite sized pieces)
1 bay leaf
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 parmigiano reggiano rind (optional)
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup parsley (chopped)

Directions:
1. Cook the sausage in a large pot and set aside.
2. Heat the oil in the same pot.
3. All the onions, carrot and celery and and cook until tender, about 10-15 minutes.
4. Add the garlic and chili pepper flakes and cook until fragrant, about a minute.
5. Add the red wine and deglaze the pan.
6. Add the sausage, lentils, chicken stock, roasted red peppers, tomatoes, bay leaf, oregano, balsamic vinegar and parmigiano reggiano rind and bring to a boil.
7. Reduce the heat, cover and simmer until the lentils are cooked al dente, about 20-30 minutes.
8. Season with salt and pepper, remove from heat and mix in the parsley.

Similar Recipes:
Lentil Stew with Italian Sausage and Kale
Ham and Lentil Soup
Roasted Cauliflower and Red Pepper Soup
Black Bean and Roasted Pepper Soup
Cajun Red Beans and Rice
Roasted Red Pepper and Italian Sausage Frittata topped with Marinara and Mozzarella

42 comments:

Rachael said...

This looks AH-MAZING! I'm not even the biggest fan of sausage but this looks too good not to try!

poppyseed said...

I agree with Rachael--looks too good not to try! I love lentils of all kinds.

Mari @ Once Upon a Plate said...

Yikes, this looks absolutely wonderful Kevin!

I like the way you think when developing recipes ~ I really enjoy utilizing what I have on hand when feasible to create a new dish too.

I would love to try this very soon. Thanks for sharing. :)

Foy Update - Garden Cook Write Repeat said...

I recently learned about French green lentils. Lentils and yellow split peas are quickly finding there way into many of our meals. I love beans, but my husband not so much, luckily he's okay with peas and lentils! They take less time to cook anyways.

Jenn Sutherland said...

This looks awesome, Kevin! And I, too, have some sausage and roasted red peppers in the freezer. Red lentils are definitely a new favorite in our house- I love how they melt into the base of a soup and thicken it up nicely.

Maria said...

Great stew. I love lentils. Your photos are stunning as well.

James P. Walsh said...

This looks very appetizing Kevin. I am both a stew fan and a lentil fan myself.

Nina Timm said...

I am convinced now that you put food coloring into your food, otherwise I have no explanation for the vibrancy of your dishes.....just kidding. You are just an amazing cook, Kevin!!!

Jan said...

This stew looks lovely!

Joanne said...

I love the texture of red lentils...gritty and thickening. Kind of. So delicious!

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Foodandfate said...

The first time I had sausage with lentils was in Santo Stefano di Sessano, a beautiful medieval hill town. A very simple dish but so good!

George Gaston said...

Kevin, your lentil stew is perfect! Not only does it have wonderful ingredients, it has an amazing balance of flavors. Thanks...

♥peachkins♥ said...

It looks so good with that bread!

bunkycooks said...

This is beautiful! I want to reach in and take a bite!

jose manuel said...

Excelente plato de lentejas. Gracias

BigSrisFood said...

Kevin, haven't been here in a while. Nice post.

I was thinking, removing the sausage and replacing the chicken stock with vegetable stock will render a hearty and savory stew to please the vegetarians and vegans as well :-)
Sri

Michelle said...

You've got to quit tempting me like this ... I just got home from the store, stocking up before a big winter storm, and looking forward to hearty soups and stews ... and this looks fantastic. Think I'll make another quick trip to the store. I began cooking with lentils just a couple years ago, and have really come to love them, it's nice to find a new way to cook them. I recommend more people cook lentils. Cheap and healthy food!

Isabelle said...

This looks absolutely delicious! I love italian sausage and red pepper together, and I love lentils and sausage together... so I can't imagine why I wouldn't love a combination of all three. :)

Jenn@slim-shoppin said...

That's so funny, I just made a turkey sausage vegetable stew for the first time, and it was great.

I love your version with the lentils Kevin! Very creative

The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

I love cooking just about anything with roasted peppers. Sausage and lentils are such a wonderful combination too. This is a great winter dish!

figtree said...

I love lentils..Im so tired of my lentil soup recipe..this will be a refreshing change!!!Thanks

elly said...

This sounds delicious - kind of like a lentil bolognese!

Rambling Tart said...

I cannot wait to try this! I have lentils, sausage, onions, peppers - I think I'm set! :-)

Jenn Sutherland said...

Kevin - when do you put the red peppers into the soup, and do you slice them, or puree them? Thanks - I'm making this one tomorrow!

Kevin said...

Jenn Sutherland: I just cut the red peppers into bite sized pieces but you could easily puree them if you like. Add them with everything else in step six. I have updated the recipe. Thanks for catching that! Enjoy!

Ivy said...

Very creative dish and I would definitely prefer it with red pepper, tastewise but also it looks better than green :)

Psychgrad said...

I like the sounds of this recipe. Will have to give it a try!

red pepper said...

red pepper we use in all food and vitamins in my taste, he wonders

Jenn Sutherland said...

Kevin - I made your lentil soup - it was fantastic, and I'll be enjoying it for lunches all week. I posted it on my blog over at:
http://thewholekitchen.wordpress.com/2010/02/01/red-lentil-soup-with-sausage-and-roasted-red-peppers/

M said...

Kevin, I made this last night for dinner. What a great recipe, thank you, the combination of lentils and the home roasted peppers is really tasty. M

cinderskitchen said...

Kevin, I love your blog and especially admire your photograhy. I also have a blog but it is quite plain. I need to take time to learn how to present my recipes in a more appealing way. However I do have some good recipes on my blog and one that I think you might enjoy, seeing you have posted lately using Italian Sausage, one of my favorite ingredients. Check out my Italian Sausage Soup recipe. I think you will love it!

Julie said...

You have a great blog and both recipes I have tried, including this red lentil stew, came out fantastic. Thanks for very enjoyable reading, cooking and eating!

Katie said...

I'm catching up on food blogs, and had to comment because I made something similar for dinner tonight! Green lentil stew with tomatoes and roasted red pepper, and a cheesy garlic bread (pizza crust really) on the side. Yours looks even better. After I go grocery shopping I'll have to try it!

pita bread said...

I was looking for a nice recipe with the Italian sausage because I love it. I think this is what I was looking for. I also love the taste of roasted pepper, it goes so well together.

red pepper said...

Thanks for text. all very good

acai berry said...

Thanks very good

prefabrik said...

its very nice and amazing projected.

pumakel said...

This looks delicious..i have like a kg of yellow lentils i haven't used do you think i could use yellow instead of red lentils?

Kevin said...

pumakel: Yes, yellow lentils should also work well, thought the cooking time may vary a bit. Just test to make sure that they are tender to see when it is done.

Taşımacılık said...

The first time I had sausage with lentils was in Santo Stefano di Sessano, a beautiful! :)

Konteynerler said...

İt look yummy. I'll try it quickly.

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