Cara’s Tuscan Lentils with Chicken Sausage

By Katie, 5:48 am

Readers, I would like you to meet my latest love: lentils.

Lentils, please meet my lovely readers.

I am on a serious lentil kick lately. I absolutely adore them because…

  • they are ridiculously cheap
  • they cook quickly
  • they are delish!

It started with this Lentil Chili recipe from Whole Foods. Then I moved onto to Christie’s Lentil Sloppy Joes (mega yum!). And then last week, I enjoyed this amazing recipe for Tuscan Lentils with Chicken Sausage from Cara.

Cara, as always, thank you for making my taste buds sing!

Cara’s Tuscan Lentils with Chicken Sausage
adapted from Cara’s Cravings
Makes 2 servings

1 tsp olive oil
1 medium onion, diced
2 medium carrots, peeled and sliced into coins
2 tsp minced garlic
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper (I just used a few shakes)
3 links fully cooked chicken sausage, sliced (I used the spinach and feta flavor)
14oz can diced tomatoes
pinch of dried basil
freshly ground salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup dry lentils
3/4 cup water
5 oz fresh spinach, roughly chopped
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar

1. Add the olive oil to a medium-large saucepan and place it over medium heat.

2. Add the chopped onions and sliced carrots and cook until they have softened, 5-8 minutes.

3. Next add the chicken sausage, garlic, red pepper, basil, salt and pepper. Cook another 2 minutes.

4. Next add the lentils, tomatoes, and water. Bring the mixture to a boil and then simmer, covered, for 25-30 minutes, until the lentils have fully cooked.

5. Finally, add the spinach and balsamic vinegar. Stir the whole pot and continue cooking until the spinach has wilted, 5-8 minutes.

Chime in if you’re a fellow lentil-lover! What’s your favorite lentil dish?

26 Responses to “Cara’s Tuscan Lentils with Chicken Sausage”

  1. Lentils are totally my go-to ban (legume?) of choice because they don’t require soaking – that right there is a huge plus in my book! I like my brown sugar lentils, but there’s something to be said about a simple bowl of lentil soup. I grew up on progresso’s canned version but I’m looking forward to finding a winning recipe for a fresh-made one!

  2. i ADORE lentils! you’ll definitely want to try this recipe from ELR it’s FANTASTIC!

  3. Simply Life says:

    I’ve been looking for more recipes with lentils – thanks!

  4. I wish I could like lentils and other legumes but I just don’t…

    That said, I could see making this recipe without lentils and I could add rice or something…

  5. Song says:

    I love this recipe: My husband likes it too (he’s not a big fan of lentils).

    • Katie says:

      I’m actually not a huge coconut fan, but my husband LOVES it; I’ll definitely be making this for him! Thanks! :)

  6. My husband really hates lentils which makes me so sad, because this looks fantastic. I don’t get why he’s so stubborn :)

  7. Yes, I love lentils, too. I make usually make a simple stew with carrots, celery, onions and dill. Or I use them in a salad with tomatoes and parsley.

  8. Sarah says:

    I love lentils! In fact, I may be going on a lentil rampage now, since you’ve mentioned so many delicious-sounding recipes.
    I just made Veganomicon’s Snobby Joes last night. It was a repeat dish because I just adore that recipe so much.

  9. christina says:

    I really really love lentils too! I just made a ham and lentil soup last night with onions, garlic, carrots, celery, chicken broth, spinach, and bay leaves! delish!

  10. I love lentils too! They are crazy cheap compared with the price of meat here.

    I like the Lentil and Spinach soup from Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution. So easy and it freezes great (which is good, because it makes a ton.) The two times I’ve made it, I’ve subbed kale for the spinach and its really tasty.

  11. Shawnee says:

    Mmmm this looks absolutely wonderful.

  12. Lentils are one of my favorites too!! :D My dad likes to use lentils in his soups. LENTILS ARE AMAZING! :D

  13. Glad you liked the lentil sloppy joes!!

  14. Cara says:

    Glad you liked it! This is one of our favorite recipes :)

  15. I love lentil soup it is by far my favorite lentil dish!

  16. McKella says:

    Mmm, I’m craving Italian flavors tonight, but I don’t really know what to make that doesn’t involve cheese. I’m still getting the hang of this dairy-allergy thing. I think I have some lentils, but if I don’t, I’m not shopping today. It’s snowing!

  17. Nicole, RD says:

    LOVE lentils! Cara’s recipes are always amazing! Not too surprising this one got your thumbs up! :) I did love the lentil bolognese I made. So easy, and yes…the lentils are so cheap!

  18. I actually tried lentils as vegetarian haggis when I was visiting my cousin in Scotland. Not bad, I must say!!

  19. All I need is chicken sausage and I’m ready to give this a whirl. I love lentils and this would work wonderfully as a weekday lunch!

  20. I love lentils, too! I grew up eating them, because my mom made them all the time. Now, I take them to work and nobody knows what they are! Weird.

    I’m trying to eat them very regularly because we are trying to have a baby and they have lots of folate (among other things) which is so important before you conceive. My favorite thing to make is a lentil soup with kale or spinach and all the veggies I need to use up in the fridge. It’s different every time, but always good…and my son loves it, too!

  21. Sarah says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE lentils. Cheap, healthy, versatile, and delicious. When I was vegan, lentils were one of my favorite protein sources.

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