Sausages with creamy lentils

Sausages with creamy lentils

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Cooking time

Ready in 30-40 minutes

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 4

Update the great British banger with a side of creamy green lentils - a great storecupboard alternative to potatoes

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition info

Nutrition

kcalories
485
protein
23g
carbs
23g
fat
34g
saturates
12g
fibre
3g
sugar
0g
salt
3.61g

Ingredients

  • 8 good quality pork sausages
  • 1 onion
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 celery stick
  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 2 streaky bacon rashers, chopped
  • 2 fresh thyme sprigs or a pinch if dried
  • 200ml hot vegetable stock (a cube is fine)
  • 410g can green lentils
  • 4 tbsp crème fraîche or double cream

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Method

  1. Preheat the grill. Grill the sausages for 15-20 minutes, turning occasionally, until they are evenly browned and cooked through.
  2. Meanwhile, chop the onion, carrots and celery into small pieces. (A food processor can make short work of this.) Heat the sunflower oil in a medium pan. Fry the bacon for 2 minutes, then stir in the chopped vegetables and thyme. Cook over a medium heat for 8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables have softened and are beginning to brown.
  3. Pour in the stock and simmer for 8 minutes until the carrots are tender. Drain the lentils, then stir into the vegetables. Heat through for a couple of minutes, then season and stir in the créme fraiche or cream. Serve with the grilled sausages.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, November 2003

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stuart21's picture
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Very simple and very tasty. Kids love it too.

teresaaregreen21's picture

Just made this for family tea, I made double as others suggested but only added one lot of creme fraiche. It was very tasty and very filling. I did some mash potato with it for the kids great alternative to the normal veg

cov_sarah's picture

Great! Agree it's more of a generous serves 2 (I followed the recipe with 6 Cumberland sausages). V tasty!

lizleicester's picture

Used marrowfat peas instead of lentils as the carbs but otherwise followed recipe and it certainly kept the cold at bay!

t3clark's picture

I enjoyed this meal. I uses double cream instead of crème fraiche. I felt that maybe this would need abit more stock as sauce was absorbed easily. Also I used dried thyme which was just as nice as thyme sprigs. Not my favourite meal but still was nice.

zfacherty's picture

Made a vegi version with vegi sausages, veg stock and no bacon. Added a bit of vegemite to increase the flavour! Was yummy with potato wedges. 3 year old and one year old loved it!

sminki's picture

Great meal, so simple but lots of flavour. I usually throw in a few chopped up mushrooms and a clove of garlic to further add to the flavour. I agree that this would struggle to feed four, my husband, toddler and myself polish it off easily (and could probably manage even more!).

freya_marks's picture

Delicious! Really easy, tasty, filling, warming on a cold night and kinda healthy! Would definitely agree that the lentils would only stretch to 2 or 3 people. Would use double quantities for 4 people. I also added garlic as I never miss it out of any recipe...

jessiquaquaqua's picture

My boyfriend and I love this meal. So simple and satisfying without feeling too bloated at the end. And much more nutritious and tasty than mash! Our favourite sausages to with the lentils in the winter are Tesco's finest Pork & Melton Red Ale sausages. Yum!

bethanygrotto's picture

Very tasty, I had to use butternut squash instead of carrots as literally none of my local supermarkets had carrots left! Also could not find green lentils so substituted puy lentils but other than that it was really tasy, B/F and I polished off almost everything, so much for left overs for lunch! Cheap and easy to make, and not as filling as mash potato, definitely one I will do again, hopefully with all the right ingredients next time!

lumene's picture
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Lentils and sausages are a surprisingly tasty combination. It is a lovely mid-week meal especially on a cold, rainy evening. Will definitely try again, but this time with fresh thyme springs and a small glug of white wine.

babsfazekas's picture
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Yumm! Agree that the veg is a generous serving for two, boyfriend and I nearly polished it all off. Delicious, never making mash again.

lau70lau's picture

this is my go-to recipe when i have leftovers. So easy, tasty and filling. Have used half fat sausage and creme fraiche once or twice which is just as good but healthier.

julesthenorweegie's picture
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Delicious!
Currently, I've got a cold, so I had to add extra seasoning such as salt, pepper, smoked paprika, dried thyme and dried chives. I also used half-fat creme fraiche to reduce the evil - sooo good! Thyme makes everything taste properly homemade. Would suggestwaiting with grilling the sausages until the bacon is fried as the lentils can take a while before they soften.

smallbird's picture
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Its our alternative to bangers and mash :0)

grindlay54's picture
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Easy and quick to make. I didn't have bacon or créme fraiche, so I used chorizo and natural yoghurt and it still tasted good. Might be better with bacon though! It was tasy and filling, 3 of us shared it, but if I make it again I might make some sweet potato mash to go with it.

zhagan's picture
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tastes alot nicer then i thought it would. will make again

ritchiethebear's picture
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Tasty recipe though i did add a couple of cloves of garlic for extra flavour. Would make again.

d1zzyd1's picture

A glass of red wine to deglaze the pan also adds a nice richness. I only made this because I had some dried lentils that were coming to their best before date, but I'm so glad I did. Goes well with salmon too

sun55shine's picture

There is no information in this recipe as to how to cook the lentils.
The first mention of them is to drain them and add them to the other cooked ingredients.
I would like to cook this recipe but don't know how to do the lentils?
please let me know by eamail or correct this recipe please.
thank you
Hazel

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