Sausages with creamy lentils

Sausages with creamy lentils

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Ready in 30-40 minutes


Serves 4
Update the great British banger with a side of creamy green lentils - a great storecupboard alternative to potatoes

Nutrition and extra info


  • kcal485
  • fat34g
  • saturates12g
  • carbs23g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre3g
  • protein23g
  • salt3.61g
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  • 8 good quality pork sausage
  • 1 onion



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 2 carrot



    The carrot, with its distinctive bright orange colour, is one of the most versatile root…

  • 1 celery stick



    A collection of long, thick, juicy stalks around a central, tender heart, celery ranges in…

  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil
    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil

    A variety of oils can be used for baking. Sunflower is the one we use most often at Good Food as…

  • 2 streaky bacon rashers, chopped



    Bacon is pork that has been cured one of two ways: dry or wet. It can be bought as both rashers…

  • 2 fresh thyme sprigs or a pinch if dried


    This popular herb grows in Europe, especially the Mediterranean, and is a member of the mint…

  • 200ml hot vegetable stock (a cube is fine)
  • 410g can green lentil



    The lentil plant (Lens Culinaris) originates from Asia and North Africa and is one of our oldest…

  • 4 tbsp crème fraîche or double cream


  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.

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Comments (43)

lizleicester's picture

Delicious way to have sausages. I used green lentils that I'd soaked overnight and then boiled as instructed. Left out the cream because it needed to be dairy free but nobody seemed to miss it.

EnglishNuclear's picture

I made this last night with some slight variations, purely because I THOUGHT I had vegetable stock and cream, but actually just had chicken stock. Juicy, sweet sausages and salty bacon and ever-do-slightly al dente lentils made this a great summer meal for two.

I cook for one so got extra for lunch!

gudgeon's picture

Delicious! Lots of flavour, and quite a cheap meal. Very easy to whip up quickly too. I think it's extra nice with a dash of wine for the sauce, and I do think you need an extra can of lentils for 4 people. We find that these quantities but with 6 sausages is good for 2, possibly with an extra, but we might just be very greedy! Tonight we're having it with polenta mash, I can't wait til dinner now...

stuart21's picture

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

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

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

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

Its our alternative to bangers and mash :0)

grindlay54's picture

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.


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freya_marks's picture

Would double the quantity of lentil mix for 4 people. We ate it all between 2.

bethanygrotto's picture

It works well with puy lentils too, I used Merchant Gourmet brand, they come cooked in a pouch, don't be put off, they look really awful in the pouch but they do turn out much better than they look at first! I also added a small squeeze of tomato puree as I love it in everything, and a dash of Worcester sauce. I couldn't find carrots either so used butternut squash, and fromage frais instead of creme fraiche, all tasted lush.